Annaly Salvos submits: Senator Rand Paul is on the tape promising to unveil a budget with $500 billion in expense cuts in one year, and that he will not spare any government program or agency from his scythe, including the Defense Department, the Education Department (he would eliminate it altogether) and entitlement programs.
Last week, as part of the administration’s initiative to reduce energy use, waste and costs in Federal operations, the Commerce Department joined the other Federal agencies in releasing our annual updates on energy and sustainability performance. In October 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13514 (PDF), directing Federal agencies to lead by example in clean energy and to meet energy, water, pollution, and waste reduction targets. These performance scorecards benchmark annual agency progress and enable us to target the best opportunities to improve efficiency, reduce pollution and eliminate waste.
U.S. Department of Commerce released – for the first time – its fiscal year
2010 scorecard on sustainability and
energy performance (PDF) to track progress in achieving the goals of its
Sustainability Plan. Using this scorecard as a
benchmark, the department will identify and track the best opportunities to
reduce pollution, improve efficiency and cut costs before updating its
plan in June.
sustainability scorecard serves as an important tool to help the department
identify targets for reducing waste and increasing efficiency. In 2010,
the Commerce Department was on track to meet its goals for increasing renewable
energy use and decreasing its fleet petroleum and potable water use. Compared
with 2005, the department has reduced its fleet petroleum use by 18.4 percent;
and since 2007, has reduced its potable water use by 20.3 percent.
green initiatives are being implemented across Commerce’s bureaus. The National
Institute of Standards and Technology, for example, is installing a vehicle
charging station for hybrid vehicles at its Gaithersburg, Md.,
campus. Along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NIST is
also installing solar panels to increase its renewable energy use. At Commerce
headquarters, the department participates in a multi-year green power
purchase agreement to meet part of the building’s electrical energy needs.
Gregor Macdonald submits: The sound of trumpets–or was it sirens–was heard from Delhi this week as India’s Premier got loud about his country’s future energy needs. It’s not often we are treated to such transparency.
I've written a number of times about how the SEC has thrown its scarce resources down a black hole by pursuing the phony "naked shorting" issue, which is usually nothing more than a diversion for poor-performing CEOs such as its chief propagandist, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne.
Well, now the SEC Office of Inspector General has a report on the subject, describing how the SEC can more efficiently waste its scarce resources running to ground crackpot NSS complaints.
Joseph Baines’s new article, “Food Price Inflation as Redistribution: Towards a New Analysis of Corporate Power in the World Food System” is a must read if you care to understand how major corporations exercise hidden influence on our daily lives. The paper is so chock full of information and history that a summary does not do justice to its arguments, so I hope you’ll read it in full.