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Health Care & Environment
04.24 Disney, the Gap and Pepsi urged to quit US Chamber of Commerce ["Its a small world after all..." – Disney]
04.22 Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Threat of Science Denial [4 videos]
04.22 Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollution [rather than maximizing profit from fossil fuels, better policy embracing science could dramatically improve life on earth]
04.22 Bill Nye the Science Guy on Trump: 'We are in a dangerous place' [we need the opposite of Trump to advance the country and world]
04.22 Electric flying car that takes off vertically could be future of transport [videos; new solid-state lithium battery technolgy—led? by Dr. Goodenough—may double performance and recharge speed while eliminating risk of lithium battery fire]
04.20 How to Stop Drug Price Gouging [and why hasn't the U.S. Government done this?]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
04.22 Group of Mental Health Professionals Warn Trump's State 'Putting Country in Danger' [the Goldwater Rule is excessive courtesy if it shields Trump from suspect mental health evaluation]
04.22 Texas Keeps Failing to Convince Federal Courts Its Voting Laws Aren't Racist [it’s like immorality is their code of conduct]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
04.22 In Latest Populist Betrayal, Trump Executive Order Unchains Wall Street Greed [misfeasance, nonfeasance, and malfeasance]
04.24 Trump push for border wall threatens to cause government shutdown [since inexpensive electric flying cars are about to be sold, building any wall is just stupid]
04.24 How France Voted
Change Work Policies to Reduce Commuting, Fuel Costs, Pollution
If businesses are slow to implement such changes, their employees should take the lead in making 4-day week and telecommuting proposals.
Employers should evaluate current policies to cut commuting costs to workers which are rapidly rising without relief in sight. It appears the problem is a permanent one, to be relieved only with future alternative fuel breakthroughs. But until that time--some years from now--employers must aggressively change work rules and policies.
One seemingly easy solution would be to switch to a four-day work week, which could reduce 20% of workers' gas costs for commuting, and result in a substantial reduction in overall gas consumption.
Staggering which weekday workers stay home would also ease traffic congestion, thereby increasing gas mileage per vehicle, reducing fuel consumption still further.
Another major solution would be for far more businesses to embrace telecommuting, allowing office-type workers to either work at home or from regional offices via broadband Internet access. If this were allowed every day, fuel savings could be very substantial; an overall reduction of 50% per worker might be possible, allowing for their personal driving. Obviously efforts to monitor worker productivity would be advisable; but the threat of losing the benefit of working from home should be a sufficient incentive to keep productivity high.
If businesses are slow to implement such changes, their employees should take the lead in making 4-day week and telecommuting proposals. The important thing is to get moving in the right direction—now.
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This story was published on June 3, 2008.
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