Dear EarthTalk: Renewable energy production in the solar and wind markets currently receives about $7 billion in government subsidies annually, but is still not competitive against fossil fuels on a large scale. To what extent should the U.S. continue to prop up these industries as they compete against dirty energy? — Jack Morgan, Richmond, Va
It’s amazing the things you notice on a routine trip to the grocery store or the mall. I notice new landscaping on someone’s lawn. Or I notice if there’s a flashy new car in a neighbor’s driveway. But today was ‘bumper sticker day’ and in the course of just a few hours, well, it seemed like I witnessed every rant possible on the American spectrum.
TRENTON – NJDOT officials today announced a series of upcoming traffic pattern changes as the major rehabilitation of Interstate 78 moves to the next stage of construction in Essex and Union counties.
TRENTON – New Jersey’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.6 percent in June according to data released by the state Labor Department today. The 0.4 percent climb since May is the sharpest monthly increase since the 2009 recession.
STATE — Fifty years after its founding in Elizabeth, the discounted designer clothing retailer Daffy’s appears to be heading out of business, the latest casualty of the global economic meltdown brought on by deregulation.
A point of disclosure before reviewing directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz’s rock tour documentary, “Katy Perry: Part of Me.” While I’m old enough to be her father, the subject, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, is my latest fantasy heartthrob. Oh, it’s OK. As always, I’ve cleared it with my wife. You see, I pick a new Dulcinea every decade or so.
President Obama is slamming Mitt Romney for heading companies that were “pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs,” while Romney is accusing Obama of being “the real outsourcer-in-chief.”