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Obama praises Trans-Pacific Partnership. Bernie Sanders calls it a disaster that he’ll work to defeat

By Meteor Blades In a major victory for President Obama, negotiators for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership announced Monday that an agreement has been reached after eight years of talks. If approved by those nations, the agreement will lower trade barriers and commercial regulations for 40 percent of the world’s nations. While the president and other backers […]

October 5th

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is in tatters (and that’s good)

By Meteor Blades Robert Kuttner writes America’s Collapsing Trade Initiatives: Chinese president Xi Jinping will be in Washington this week on an official state visit. President Obama had hoped to impress Xi with an all but sealed trade deal with major Pacific nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to demonstrate that America is still a […]

September 24th

What President Obama SHOULD Say About Solar In The SOTU

By Frank Andorka, RGB Contributor All eyes will be on the House of Representatives tonight … oh, who am I kidding? Viewership for the State of the Union have been falling for years, and I’m fairly certain this year won’t be any different. I’m thinking it’s because the state of the union is always strong and […]

January 20th

Burying Solar Not A Noble Cause

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. Marc Antony, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 2 By Chip Martin, Special To RGB […]

October 12th

Who Has The Best Job In Solar? Bet It’s Not You

By Chet Henry, Special To RGB Close your eyes for a moment and picture the perfect job in solar. You’d talk solar all day and all night. You’d work with some of the most innovative companies in the solar world. You’d fly around the country — first class, of course — to attend solar ribbon […]

May 9th

Paula Mints: Will The Tariff Wars Ever End?

Paula Mints is one of the top market researchers in the country whose insights are sharp and incisive. She is also the founder and chief market research analyst for SPV  Market Research. In this post, she says the trade wars currently raging in the solar industry must stop — or the long-term damage to the industry may be irreparable. […]

April 6th

James Howard Kunstler – The Cracker Party and the Snapback

By James Howard Kunstler Well,  at least the poobahs cleared a path to the annual orgy of Christmas, which, along with the S & P 500, have become proxies for the American economy. Lately, the Christmas season starts directly after Halloween, so, the whole fourth quarter of the year becomes a circus of ceremonial distractions. […]

October 21st

David Brin – Markets work… unless blighted by parasites

By David Brin Here is a riff that I’ve stored too long.  Something that needs saying. Can companies really gain investment capital via the stock market?   Elsewhere I have commented on how easily capitalist/entrepreneurial markets can and do get warped by cheating and parasitism.  Some of it is inherent, as Adam Smith described way back in […]

James Howard Kunstler – That Dreadful Day

By James Howard Kunstler For the moment, the trend seems pretty clear. Money from far and wide rushes into the US stock markets because every other conceivable place to stash money produces no return, no interest, no increase, at a time when the value of central bank currencies is slip-slidin’ somewhere south of Palookaville. The […]

April 7th

James Howard Kunstler – Money meltdown

By James Howard Kunstler The basic operating system of global banking today is… accounting fraud. And it has become that way stealthily, insidiously, for about fifteen years now. Nothing is what it appears to be anymore. What remains are games of musical chairs, Ponzi schemes, frauds, swindles, stonewalls, ruses, ploys, scams, dodges, bluffs, subterfuges, QE […]

March 25th

Why are we cutting spending NOW? This is just stupid.

What should be happening right now in the US is INVESTMENT. Instead, everybody in Washington – all the Very Serious People – are convinced that our true crisis is spending… because sometime 25 years down the road or so we will run out of money. Let me repeat: This is just STUPID. As Nobel Laureate […]

March 6th