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Taken for a ride

Underlying Barack Obama’s support for bailing out the U.S. auto industry has always been the notion that federal bureaucrats and environmentalists know better than Detroit executives what kind of cars should be on the market.

Silver linings amid the gloom

May “you live in interesting times.” Many assume this saying is an ancient Chinese curse, or blessing, depending on how you look at it.

Build solar! Build wind! … but not in my desert

A new era is dawning, we’re assured. The dark clouds of industrial pollution (OK, carbon dioxide is colorless, odorless, non-toxic, and necessary, but let’s not get bogged down in details) are about to be banished, ushering in a glorious new day of hygienic energy cleanliness and perfectly balanced global neither-warming-nor-cooling.

‘Big, bold ideas’ in Carson City

Preening that Nevada could lead the nation in linking job creation to energy efficiency, state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford detailed his “green jobs” initiative to a legislative panel in Carson City last Friday.

As the wind blows

Apparently, the folks up in Storey County never received the memo ordering them to worship at the altar of alternative energy — or else.