What If Jesus Healed America?

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What would happen if Jesus were to suddenly appear at the base of the Statue of Liberty, wave his arms and proclaim “I’m here to heal the sick in America” and suddenly every sick person in America was healed? What … Continue reading →

Candidate David Ramey says he’s with unions ’till the last dog dies’

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By BERRY CRAIG AFT Local 1360 David Ramey says he “wouldn’t be where I am today without organized labor.” The Murray Democrat, whose father belonged to the United Steelworkers,  wants to unseat State Rep. Kenneth Imes, R-Murray. “I am with … Continue reading →

‘No buts Democrat’ David Ramey aims to oust pro-RTW Republican Kenneth Imes

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By BERRY CRAIG David Ramey of Murray calls himself a “no buts Democrat.” “You hear people say, ‘I’m a Democrat but,’” the Fifth District state House of Representatives candidate explained. “I’m a no-buts Democrat. “I don’t apologize for being a … Continue reading →

What’s the matter with Kentucky?

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By BERRY CRAIG AFT Local 1360 “Kentucky counties with highest Medicaid rates backed Matt Bevin, who plans to cut Medicaid,” read the headline on John Cheves’ Lexington Herald-Leader story online. So here I go again: “You’d think convincing people to vote against their … Continue reading →

Sunday Train: Making An Energy Revolution

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Writing for Politico, “Energy Visionary” Vaclav Smil writes in Revolution? More like a crawl:

Undoubtedly, the U.S. is experiencing two notable energy transitions, from coal to natural gas and from fossil fuels to new renewables in electricity generation. These shifts are welcome because they promise to bring cleaner and less carbon-intensive supplies. But they cannot be rapid, and they bring their own technical, economic and social challenges. Energy infrastructure is the world’s most elaborate and expensive, and the longevity and inertia of many large energy enterprises make it impossible for any large, complex national system (to say nothing of the global level) to reconfigure itself even in three or four decades.

And the statement is, on its own terms, quite certainly correct. Yet I support calls for a “pedal to the metal” transition to low and no carbon, sustainable energy as a policy approach that we shall have to be pursuing in order to achieve what must be done. So, what gives? Is Vaclav Smil correct? And if he is, in what sense is he correct?

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