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Energy Policy: The Dark Night?
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
The Bat-Signal

Having saved the world from itself over 60 years ago and put a man on the Moon 25 years later, Americans are a proud lot. But, time waits on no one. As the country's vaunted financial infrastructure reports over $400 billion in write-offs and credit dries up, the transportation infrastructure watches its airlines charge for carrying a suitcase while bridges collapse, and its social security infrastructure sinks slowly into the abyss of insolvency, dare we ask, “what's next”? Try energy. Meeting America's energy needs and moving toward a low carbon future look increasingly distant.

This article could as easily be about the financial or transportation infrastructure as it is abou...

Publisher's Letter
Tuesday, 22 July 2008

THE ECONOMY: DOWN AND DOWNER

Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke

Almost out of options, there's one possibility left for the American authorities–raise interest rates. The result: for starters, a stronger dollar, lower oil prices, and an incentive to save more and spend less.

Earlier this year, PT published a speech by New York financier Wilbur Ross. Ross estimated “the probable total damage from this economic crisis is something on the order of $1.1 trillion.” He went on to say, “there's another huge but unclearly defined time bomb called credit derivative swaps (CDS), in which one party contracts to pay another party in the event that a particular debt instrument defaults. Ac...

Feature Story
HEALTHCARE:  A (Universal) Healthcare Plan that Works
Thursday, 12 June 2008

Q&A: MA State Senator Richard Moore, Senate Chair of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

In 2006, Massachusetts passed the Health Care Reform Act, the first comprehensive health insurance plan in the United States. The plan requires all individuals to have healthcare, with the State stepping up for those unable to afford it. It creates a “Connector,” an agency that helps individuals to find an affordable plan, and allows individuals to opt out—for a while—with a set of defined reasons and a penalty clause.

Two years later, it's working. Yes, “working.” PT spoke with MA State Senator Richard Moore, one of the program's architects, to f...

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