The Great Debate

The economic cost of climate change legislation

April 23, 2009

 Diana Furchtgott-Roth– Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.  The views expressed are her own. —

Look to deal numbers for M&A green shoots

By Alexander Smith
April 23, 2009

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– Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

An emerging opportunity in U.S. housing

April 22, 2009

James Saft Great Debate – James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

U.K. government should resist the VC trap

April 20, 2009

Margaret DoyleThe British government is considering whether to set up a mega public-private fund to invest in early-stage ventures. This would be a mistake. While British — and European — entrepreneurs have largely failed to produce huge successes like Google and eBay, bunging taxpayers’ money at the problem is not the answer.

U.S. environmental agency walks a tightrope on CO2

April 20, 2009

John Kemp Great DebateThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed findings on greenhouse gas emissions were a carefully worded attempt to appease climate-change activists while containing hostility from business and energy organizations or Congress.

Renewables to spark U.S. grid revolution

April 17, 2009

John Kemp Great DebateGrowing power consumption and the U.S. administration’s plan to rely more heavily on renewable generation sources will increase the demand on America’s already overloaded electricity grid and require major investment in transmission and distribution networks.

Beware Goldman’s “dutiful” TARP repayment

April 15, 2009

(Republished to clarify time period of data in fifth paragraph)

Trading specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange trading shares of Goldman Sachs, in New York, April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Chip East Patriotism, as Dr Johnson once observed, is the last refuge of a scoundrel. So when you hear words like “duty” drip from the lips of a senior executive at Goldman Sachs, you instinctively count the spoons.

Obama mulls cap-and-trade by decree

April 14, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate– John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Goldman may repay government funds but not ease U.S. grip

April 14, 2009

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc may succeed in its bid to pay back U.S. taxpayer money with the help of a $5 billion common share sale, but it may still not get the freedom it wants from intense public scrutiny.