Vaccinations of teachers and declining COVID cases are making it possible for schools to resume in-person instruction, but getting back to more effective education will take more than having students reenter the classroom.
Back when I started working (in 1964) the minimum wage was $1.25, a Hardee’s hamburger was 15 cents, a gallon of gas 29 cents, a haircut was 75 cents, and you could get a meat and two in many restaurants for $1.50. Rent for an apartment was around $115 per month.
In his influential 2002 book “The Hydrogen Economy,” Jeremy Rifkin writes, “All of life requires energy and sufficient power to maintain the rate of flow.” This energy requirement is true of animals, plants, ecosystems, and economies. A sufficient and reliable power supply is essential to economic productivity and is partially responsible for the explosion in human flourishing that we have experienced in the past 150 years.
Agriculture has never been a principal focus of efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. But farm emissions — which make up about 10% of the U.S. total — are coming under increasing scrutiny as Democrats take the reins of agricultural policy and farmers themselves awaken to the threats of climate change. One strategy in particular is getting attention this year: encouraging farmers to view emissions reduction and carbon sequestration as potential sources of income.
Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments in a major voting rights case portend what appears to be the future of election law: The continuing withdrawal of the court from the role of policing elections for racial fairness. Call this the Roberts Doctrine.
This is not a year that a lot of us are probably going to want to remember. For the millions who lost loved ones to COVID-19, it is likely to be especially painful. For better or worse, many of us will never forget how our lives have changed since last March.
As was made clear once again during the bizarre CPAC spectacle – an event at which some members of the Trump cult, apparently without any sense of the faith tradition to which so many of them profess to belong, felt compelled to erect a golden statue of their hero – traditional conservative principles no longer play much of a role in driving the actions of the modern political right.