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Green Giant

The Empire State Building soon will stand as a model for retrofitting existing structures for environmental sustainability. Five leading consulting, design, non-profit and construction partners—including the Clinton Climate Initiative, Rocky Mountain Institute, Johnson Controls Inc., and Jones Lang LaSalle—are undertaking a $20 million project that aims to reduce energy use by 38 percent and energy costs by ...

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Worst Idea of the Week: Recession on FOX?

Here's my nomination for the Worst Idea of the Week—and yes, it's only Wednesday but I'm confident this gem will not lose its luster before next Monday. You probably know this: the recessed U.S. economy is plagued by layoffs; a staggering 663,000 jobs were shaved away by employers in March alone, bumping the national unemployment rate to 8.5%. Many projections forecast that 1 in 10 people will be without wo ...

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Just another word for nothin’ left to lose

Mike Bloomberg grew up in Boston, but he pretends to be a New Yorker. The mayor of New York lives in a ritzy townhouse on the upper east side of Manhattan, but he pretends to be a man of the people and rides the subway down to City Hall every day. Bloomberg pretended to put his financial information empire into a blind trust when he became mayor, but then he put a deputy mayor in charge of it so he could ke ...

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The man who saw the future

Ten years ago, before the collapse of the tech bubble and the inflation of the housing bubble, nearly everyone in Washington was convinced that Wall Street could do no wrong. The movers and shakers believed that if the government would just get out of the way of the men with the Midas touch, America's domination of the global economy would continue uninterrupted well into the new century. So said Sen. Phil ...

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