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While the United States remains utterly frozen in a debate about budget deficits and all the things that government shouldn't do, other countries are marrying public and private resources to make themselves stronger and more competitive.

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This line from a BBC article about a $150 million tidal power project that will be partially built and deployed in India speaks to the highly competitive global market for the jobs of the future: "As much of the manufacturing as possible will take place in Gujarat, taking advantage of the skills base in India's booming wind turbine industry."

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For the outrageous crime of hanging two banners in the Senate's Hart Office Building, environmentalist Ted Glick could get up to three years in jail. The U.S. attorney's office has asked for triple the normal maximum penalty, because Glick has made a habit of speaking his mind and, apparently, that's just criminal. (continued)

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Clearly the president understands what is at stake. And he apparently senses renewed opportunity in the wake of the Gulf catastrophe, which illustrates the problems of oil dependency with harrowing urgency.

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The right-wing radio and TV host may have helped oust activist and green jobs adviser Van Jones from the administration, but in doing so he further justified the boycott against his broadcasts.

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