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Start a Green Business: Used Bike Retailer

It’s a tough economy out there, and many competent people with under-utilized educations are finding it hard to get a job that “fits” their goals. As such, many “millenials” are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit with tools like Kickstarter, IndiGoGo, and Etsy, among others. Some, however, still appreciate the brick-and-mortar approach, and want to contribute to […]

February 16th

Review: Testing the Fuel Shark MPG Enhancer

For just $39.95, the Fuel Shark promises that you’ll get 10% better fuel economy, better emissions, more horsepower, and a longer battery life- just by plugging a little dongle into your car’s 12V power outlet. Having spent more than few years, by now, working with heavily intelligent people who spent hours, weeks, and months hacking […]

December 20th

You Want Jobs? Agriculture Has Them!

American farms are struggling to attract workers, according to reports out last week. Farmers have jobs, but no applicants – and they concede that the problem is only getting worse as innovation in alternative fuels and renewable plastic pushes up demand for their products to the point that there are thousands of jobs waiting to be filled.

August 2nd

The Boston Rebellion: Higher Car Taxes + Crumbling Infrastructure = Pissed-Off People

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will lose $161 million this year, and $100 million next year. As a result, subway, train, and bus fares are increasing, along with a new and unpopular state-wide proposal to add a 1-cent-per vehicle-miles-traveled in an effort to bail out the MBTA. The city of Boston Massachusetts and the […]

June 29th

The USPS, or: Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Let’s say you live in California (hypothetically). Next, let’s say you wanted to get a package from your address in California to another address in California. Finally, let’s say that you wanted your package to get to its new California home (from its old California home) quickly and efficiently. Pay special attention to “quickly and […]

April 28th

New CAFE Standards Could Save US Consumers $68Bil

Sixty-eight BILLION US-American dollars. That’s approximately equal to a metric s***ton of money (even in 100s and 50s), and it’s the amount of 2012 dollars that American consumers could save on gas each year if Barack Obama’s 2030 fuel standards get implemented, according to the NRDC. That savings, by the way, would mean reduced transportation […]

April 22nd

Quitter! Tar Sand Employee Quits Over Damage

Canada’s internationally condemned tar sand oil extraction is one of the most environmentally damaging operations on Earth. We’ve covered that before, of course, and even noted some Canadians’ resentment of emerging technologies (like electric cars) that might reduce consumer demand for Canadian oil in North America and, therefor, reduce their income. That realization, that there […]

February 27th