Tom Power

Commentary
9:02 am
Tue February 11, 2014

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

          The U.S. State Department, which has to approve pipelines crossing into the United States from other countries, recently released its updated study of the environmental impacts associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  That pipeline would carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast. President Obama had previously indicated that he would approve the 1,700 mile pipeline if it would not “significantly exacerbate” greenhouse gas emissions.

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Commentary
9:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

The Oil Companies’ Self-Serving Fatalism on Petroleum Use

The Oil Companies’ Self-Serving Fatalism on Petroleum Use

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Commentary
8:58 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

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Commentary
4:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

From Violence to Non-Violence: Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

From Violence to Non-Violence:

Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

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Commentary
9:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

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Commentary
9:32 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Federal Debt Ceiling: Analyzing the Can Kicked Down the Road

          If the Obama Administration cannot get the incompetent, stumbling rollout of the Affordable Care Act fixed in the next month or so, we will soon face another game of “economic chicken” between Tea Party Republicans and President Obama. 

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Bakken boom
11:32 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Is the Bakken Oil Boom an Example of the Economic Development We Are After?

Is the Bakken Oil Boom an Example of the Economic Development We Are After?

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Commentary - October 21st, 2013
9:43 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Economics of the Recent U.S. Shift Away from Coal for Generating Electricity

 The Montana Chamber of Commerce recently attacked EPA’s regulation of the emissions from coal-fired electric generators. That regulation, the Chamber argued, would have catastrophic consequences for both controlling carbon emissions and for the Montana and American economies.

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Commentary
4:36 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

“Drill, Baby, Drill”: The Ongoing Economic Fantasy

          Some economic fantasies never seem to recede, even in the face of economic reality. One of these is the belief that if only more and more federal land were opened to oil and gas drilling, local and state economies would enter a period of permanent prosperity. That source of extensive economic prosperity, we are told, is just beneath our feet. All we have to do is drill. But, we are told, the federal government’s environmental regulations and bureaucratic incompetence block this drilling and keep  us unnecessarily poor.

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Commentary
8:57 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Why the Federal Government Wants to Get into Rating Colleges

Why the Federal Government Wants to Get into Rating Colleges

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