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Capitol Update, March 2, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On energy costs

Is energy the last good issue for republicans?
by Joel Kotkin
On the other side of the energy divide stand a handful of dense, mostly coastal metropolitan areas with either little in the way of energy resources or, in the case of California’s most affluent urban pockets, little interest in exploiting them. With a shrinking industrial base and less dependence on automobiles, these areas now constitute the political base for the both the Democratic Party and the growing green-industrial complex, which boasts strong ties to Silicon Valley’s well-heeled venture-capital “community” and their less celebrated, but even wealthier, Wall Street allies.  In these places, the current fossil-energy boom is regarded less as a boon than as an environmental disaster in the making ... READ ON

On the national skills crisis

U.S. Manufacturing and the Skills Crisis
Wall Street Journal
by University of Michigan prof. Thomas Hemphil and American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry
Following 12 straight years of declines, U.S. manufacturers added 109,000 workers to their payrolls in 2010 and another 237,000 in 2011. And in January of this year, the number of manufacturing jobs increased by 50,000.  Yet this vibrant sector is being held back—and not by imports. Instead there is a serious labor shortage. In an October 2011 survey of American manufacturers conducted by Deloitte Consulting LLP, respondents reported that 5% of their jobs remained unfilled simply because they could not find workers with the right skills.  That 5% vacancy rate meant that an astounding 600,000 jobs were left unfilled during a period when national unemployment was above 9% ... READ ON

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