A Critical Ear 2008-08-21

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Andrew Ó Baoill

We start by looking forward to the conventions, including a discussion of the platform they provide for activism. Then onto recent local activism: a protest about inadequate wage increases at the U of Illinois, and a rally on energy policy. We spend an extended period discussing energy policy and public transit. We close by talking about the reputed agreement between the Iraqi and US governments on a timetable for withdrawal.

A Critical Ear 2008-08-07

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 21:34

Andrew Ó Baoill & Robert Naiman

This week we focus almost exclusively on US energy policy.

Bob recently blogged about the topic on Huffington Post, where he framed his piece as a critique of Paris Hilton's energy policy - or rather the idea propagated in her (rather funny) video, as well as in much of the media, that off-shore drilling could 'fill the gap' until structural changes ('re-tooling Detroit') proposed by Obama come on stream. Critically, Bob cites US Energy Information Administration analysis, which CEPR summarizes thusly: