Monthly Archives: December 2012

Money stands between the present and a Hydrogen future

The Southeast Michigan Startup reports a small firm in Michigan has a track record for developing technologies for using or controlling Hydrogen, but suffers from fluctuating interest from customers and investors.  A more stable focus on and investment in the … Continue reading

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Brilliant Summary of the Impact of Infrastructure, Worldwide

is to be found in this Forbes article.  By ignoring the need to constantly maintain, update and improve infrastructure, the countries with the most rapidly growing economies in the last decade have entered slowdowns and advanced economies are facing obstacles … Continue reading

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Transportation Infrastructure to Suffer Disproportionately from Fall off Fiscal Cliff

The Daily Finance reports that if no deal is reached in time to avert the spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect on January 1, 2013, not only will GDP growth slow and unemployment rise, but also, transportation … Continue reading

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Brookings NIB Plus InfraBank Equals Reliable Solution

Brookings Fellow William Galston and Korin Davis have published a study recommending creation of a National Infrastructure Bank.  Their recommendations, that the bank be an independent, government-owned entity with a Board of Directors, a mandate for a broad interpretation of … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Depresses Infrastructure, Cleantech Investment

David Appelyard, chief editor of Renewable Energy World, in a December 12 post,  describes the state of investment in energy infrastructure around the world.  Political uncertainty and banks’ reluctance to lend have depressed investment in the developed world, but progress … Continue reading

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Stable Source of Funding Critical to Rebuilding after Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has delivered multiple lessons to the Northeast, among them, the fact of climate change and the vulnerability of antiquated infrastructure systems for transportation and water.  This article outlines some of those problems and notes that the biggest impediment … Continue reading

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Corporate tax havens: is there a better way?

Bloomberg and ProPublica report that large multinationals like Google and others use perfectly legal strategies to minimize their corporate tax rates in countries where they do business.  There is nothing legally wrong with minimizing tax, but the companies suffer in … Continue reading

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Cleantech’s inevitability

Despite the headwinds of political gridlock and public ambivalence about the virtues and promise of cleantech, Clint Wilder points out that a higher percentage of new energy generating capacity coming online in 2012 came from cleantech (especially wind) than from … Continue reading

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Hydrogen cars in Scandinavia and … California by 2015

Car manufacturers are excited about the potential for Hydrogen fueled transportation, but one serious impediment  will be the lack of a fueling infrastructure.  Scandinavian countries have pledged to jointly develop fueling infrastructure.  In the U.S., there are only 9 hydrogen … Continue reading

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WSJ Report: Profitable Corporations Keep Cash Abroad

rather than pay 35% US corporate profit tax.  Sometimes the result is US corporations borrow money in the US in order to pay their bills, including taxes, because interest is tax-deductible.  Rather than continue the current system, which creates a … Continue reading

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