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07.24 Democrats Bet on a Populist Message to Win Back Congress [Monopolies and price-fixing have to be stopped! Americans can no longer afford to pay twice-as-much for health-care, cable, cellphone and broadband.]
07.24 A chat with Bernie Sanders: Bernie Sanders and Al Gore on solving the climate crisis
07.23 Message to Democrats: Get on Board With Medicare For All or Go Home [its about coverage and efficiency, not choice of plans among highest-profit companies with high deductibles]
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07.20 Asia's coal-fired power boom 'bankrolled by foreign governments and banks' [after being warned by the World Bank against building new coal burning coal power plants—as their use may soon become illegal, will the public be forced to pay-off such stupid loans?]
07.19 A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy [treason is much too kind a word for this]
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07.22 From Paragon To Pariah: How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe
07.20 U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel [Israel is quilty of war crimes over decades against Palestinians, but let's just ignore that...]
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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