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January 1, 2017
“Trade with China has been one step forward, two steps back for 15 years. Each time China claims to move toward opening up trade, it turns around and introduces another new mercantilist trade barrier to counteract it,” said Rob Atkinson in Global Trade Magazine.
December 29, 2016
Engineering at most universities “has shifted away from a focus on real-world problem solving toward more abstract engineering science,” said Rob Atkinson in Science Magazine.
December 21, 2016
“We’re big critics of the Washington trade consensus,” said Rob Atkinson in the Los Angeles Times of the notion that free trade and globalization are unreservedly good. “At the same time, at what point do you start having the U.S. behave like other countries,” he said, concerned about Trump’s threats for high tariffs and protectionism.
December 15, 2016
“We’ve moved from a period of cyclical, demand-side recovery to structural, supply-side stagnation,” said Rob Atkinson in Bloomberg Businessweek. “Why would we expect workers to be more productive when they have fewer or less valuable tools?”
December 13, 2016
A massive new report by the Information Technology & Information Foundation outlined a variety of recommendations for future Department of Energy research that included everything from reorienting the national labs “to pursue commercially relevant RD&D” to investing in demonstration projects for advanced nuclear, solar, carbon capture, and “connected vehicles” technology, writes Vox.