Not Dead Yet — America’s manufacturing sector shows signs of life.

City Journal Conventional wisdom holds that America’s transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy is nearly complete. Mining and making stuff are out; surgery and software development are in. The U.S. has entered a post-industrial era. Not so fast, says Vaclav Smil. In his new book, Made in the U.S.A.: The Rise and Retreat of…

“Cost-Effective” College Plan Could Chill Innovation

with Julio Ottino …. RealClearPolitics Rising prosperity and all associated social benefits flow from innovation — none of which is found in the halls of Congress. It is in the halls of colleges and universities where we find and foster innovators — and where America’s unique advantage resides.  

The Bottom Line on iPhones vs. Refrigerators

"The Cloud Begins with Coal" Author Responds to His Critics: The Breakthrough Institute It’s uncontroversial to note that the global information-communications-technology sector (ICT) uses a lot of electricity. But convert that observation into a per capita form, illustrated, for example, by how many kilowatt-hours an iPhone might use, and protests and invectives sprout up faster…

Time for U.S. to emulate Mexico?

San Diego Union South of the border, President Enrique Peña Nieto appears to be on track to gain approval from the General Congress of the United Mexican States to reverse decades of tight federal control over the country’s oil and gas resources. Polls in Mexico show citizens favor Peña’s idea 62 percent to 28 percent.