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Energy Trends: Fossil Future or Renewable Outlook?

Energy, sitting at the intersection of powering society and emitting greenhouse gasses (GHG) linked to climate change, has become a highly partisan issue, stylized into soundbites. War on coal. Windturbine syndrome. Renewable energy raises electricity rates. 400 parts per million. The list goes on. Though there is at least partial merit to some of the noise on energy, many of our discussions are disconnected from a basic knowledge of the state of our energy system. How much energy do we use? How are emissions actually trending and…

Tech Takes on Congestion; So Does Transit

Driverless cars. The Internet of autos. Drones on traffic patrol. Spatial analytics and behavioral economics.  The strange list above offers just a taste of the latest technological efforts to tame soul-sapping road congestion. Highway authorities everywhere are focusing on such fixes because laying more pavement is cost-prohibitive as well as…

College Debts Hold Back Economic Recovery; Need Assistance

Rising college debts are holding back recovery in the housing markets while housing costs converge with college debts to also hold back recovery for the broader U.S. and Minnesota economies. This drag on economic performance isn’t perfectly documented and analyzed yet. It is coming in bits and pieces. Yet an…

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