The Future of Fuel Efficiency Is Now
The government wants to double the fuel efficiency standards of cars made in America. If successful, it would bring the U.S. in line with Europe and Japan, creating a global car market.
What's the Latest Development?
Negotiations are currently under way between the Obama administration and American automakers over new emissions standards—the government wants to double fuel efficiency standards to 56.2 miles per gallon. "The standard would put domestic vehicle fuel efficiency on a par with that in Europe, China and Japan, saving consumers billions of dollars at the pump and creating for the first time a truly global automobile market." Automakers are lobbying to weaken the negotiations and receive as much government support as they can.
What's the Big Idea?
In the wake of 2008's economic implosion, automakers had little choice but to acquiesce to new government fuel efficiency standards while taxpayers were bailing out their companies. But now, these same companies are on the rebound and ready to oppose regulation where they believe they can succeed. The Obama administration sees fuel efficiency standards as part of its policy to, "decrease oil imports by a third by 2025 and help to insulate American families from the ups and downs of gas prices while also creating and saving jobs in the American auto industry."
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Big tech is making its opening moves into the health care scene, but its focus on tech-savvy millennials may miss the mark.
- Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures.
- Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly.
- Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care.
Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.
- Universal basic income is a band-aid solution that will not solve wealth inequality, says Rushkoff.
- Funneling money to the 99% perpetuates their roles as consumers, pumping money straight back up to the 1% at the top of the pyramid.
- Rushkoff suggests universal basic assets instead, so that the people at the bottom of the pyramid can own some means of production and participate in the profits of mega-rich companies.
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