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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 25, 2008 / 22 Sivan 5768

We need a new Manhattan Project

By Ed Koch


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The availability of the hydrogen-powered car, the Honda FCS Clarity, just leased to several hundred people in southern California, reinforces for me the need for an urgent government research program devoted solely to ending the energy crisis.


Last year, $327 billion flowed from the United States to oil producing countries, hugely contributing to our current economic crisis. This year the dollars spent on importing foreign oil are undoubtedly far greater: oil in 2007 ranged from $60 to $92 a barrel and last week reached $139. America's estimated annual oil bill for 2008 will be $400 billion.


According to The New York Times of June 20th, "Honda's president said that the Clarity costs several hundred thousand dollars to make," so it isn't really anything more than a gimmick today. However, with government-backed research, it is likely that we could make the hydrogen engine and battery readily available at an affordable price. The Manhattan Project — building the atomic bomb — cost $2 billion, $21 billion in today's dollars. A similar program dedicated to dealing with the country's energy crisis could help develop new nuclear power plants and refineries, and expand drilling offshore and in Alaska, including ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge). Energy is to industry what oxygen is to humans and other animals. Without it we would die, and in the case of energy, our standard of living would be vastly reduced.


A Manhattan Project would enlist, as it did in World War II, the best minds available who could determine what is practical and environmentally safe. It would deal with short-term and long-term measures, including conservation, and its scientific breakthroughs would be available to all of America's industry.


Naysayers are quick to claim that none of these measures alone will end our dependence on foreign oil and often point out that 79 percent of existing offshore oil leases are not being developed. If offshore oil leases are not being exploited, we should ascertain why that is the case, and take immediate measures to penalize offending oil companies.


Congress, for its part, is also shirking its duties. It has failed to come up with an effective energy plan. All we see is partisan wrangling, while all Americans suffer. It is both ridiculous and catastrophic that the current presidential election may be decided by the price of gas in late October which some experts have suggested may reach $5 per gallon.


Let me offer a proposal to both candidates - Senators Obama and McCain. Why not, in order to lessen the huge impact on the discretionary dollars available to Americans today because of the cost of filling up the gas tank, make the cost of transportation that is employment related, including expenditures for gas, train and subway, a tax credit for amounts spent, available on income taxes to be filed this year.


In case you're wondering, a tax credit gives the taxpayer the benefit of dollar for dollar spent. There has been talk by economists and the candidates of the need for a second stimulus. Why not address a huge problem - cost of transportation - and provide a stimulus at the same time?

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