Of course, when there are 10 candidates on stage, no one gets a lot of time to lay out their policies, but former vice president Joe Biden managed to elbow his way into 12 minutes and 53 seconds, while Senator Kamala Harris of California had 11 minutes and 37 seconds of speaking time. … [Read more...] about People are mad that Andrew Yang got the least speaking time at the Democratic debate
Early stage chicken pox
As Biden must realize, this is the last moment when his term could still be anything. It might be one depressing capitulation after another, with the saving grace of just getting past the pandemic. It might be a shockingly progressive success, in which a historically diverse coterie of advisers and outside activists nudge him out of a centrist bubble and into the realm of making a substantive difference in people’s lives. (Either way, Republican politicians and pundits will react by rediscovering that deficit-spending is Bad, and railing against the scourge of gaffes.) … [Read more...] about What looking back at Trump’s inauguration tells us about Biden’s presidency
Buildings that implemented new system settings based on lower occupancy saw electricity usage drop significantly during their empty period, going down to just 60% of their typical need, according to Hatch Data. Robin says many big building owners and operators were able to make these kinds of adjustments very early on, which helped contribute to the record low electricity use back in May. If other buildings were to follow this model of more precisely tracking when and where electricity is actually needed, he says energy use in office buildings could see long-term reductions, even as they return to pre-pandemic levels of occupancy. … [Read more...] about Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
The second Democratic debate was befuddling to say the least. With 10 disparate candidates vying for precious airtime on stage, it felt as though most of them didn’t know which point to make, what question to respond to, or even where to put their hands. … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris did not show up to the Democratic debate to play games
After two more Democratic debates this week—in which 20 presidential hopefuls duked it out in Detroit—many voters may be asking a question: When, exactly, will this way-too-crowded field will get a little less crowded? After all, most of the candidates are polling at 1% or less. If this week’s debates fail to give them a significant boost, shouldn’t we expect the underperformers (like Bill de Blasio or Beto O’Rourke or Tulsi Gabbard or Tim Ryan or a dozen others) to start dropping like flies, like tomorrow? … [Read more...] about When will 2020 Democrats start dropping out? A depressing reality check