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Jim Ostroff
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Federal Infrastructure Spending on Hold
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Federal Infrastructure Spending on Hold

A huge highway bill will be parked for now as Tea Partiers debate whether the federal government should get out of the building business.
November 24, 2010
Driverless, Folding Cars Are in the Works
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Driverless, Folding Cars Are in the Works

With autos that drive themselves, baby boomers may be able to keep their wheels longer.
October 25, 2010
Postal Service Faces Major Changes
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Postal Service Faces Major Changes

In the works: Fewer post offices. Five-day deliveries in some areas. An OK to mail booze. And, yes, more rate hikes.
October 18, 2010
China Edges into U.S. Auto Market
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China Edges into U.S. Auto Market

For now, China will focus on investment to get a share of American car profits. But you will have the chance to buy a Chinese car, soon.
October 14, 2010
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Bargains Aplenty for Ocean Shippers
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Bargains Aplenty for Ocean Shippers

Underutilized container-cargo ships are begging for business.
October 7, 2010
No Big Postal Rate Hike -- for Now
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No Big Postal Rate Hike -- for Now

Dramatic changes -- like whether to drop Saturday delivery -- are now in Congress' hands.
September 30, 2010
Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass
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Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass

The generation gap is a growing, long-term headache for automakers.
September 14, 2010
China Auto Parts Firms Buying U.S. Counterparts
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China Auto Parts Firms Buying U.S. Counterparts

China is tapping into faltering firms for market access -- and saving jobs in the process.
September 8, 2010
Government to Mandate 60 MPG
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Government to Mandate 60 MPG

Even today's fuel sippers will seem thirsty when the Obama administration is done with its overhaul of mileage rules.
September 3, 2010
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Box Shortage Causing Ocean Shipping Woes to Linger
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Box Shortage Causing Ocean Shipping Woes to Linger

A dearth of ocean cargo containers is stymieing efforts to ramp up exports and imports.
August 11, 2010
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New Car Sales Are Revving Up
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New Car Sales Are Revving Up

New models plus incentives have more Americans sporting new wheels.
August 9, 2010
Automakers Rev Up Sales Incentives
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Automakers Rev Up Sales Incentives

Rebates and 0% financing are in the offing -- but they probably won’t last long.
July 30, 2010
More Oil from Canada, Less from Venezuela
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More Oil from Canada, Less from Venezuela

Within five years, a new pipeline will make U.S. oil supplies more reliable.
July 28, 2010
Solar Roofing Grabs the Light
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Solar Roofing Grabs the Light

As consumers increasingly demand conservation minded building materials, companies are rolling out new products.
July 15, 2010
A New Global Focus: Oil Spill Prevention
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A New Global Focus: Oil Spill Prevention

Oil-producing countries will tighten their rules -- but not to the point of restricting output.
July 9, 2010
Alt-Energy Is in for a Boost
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Alt-Energy Is in for a Boost

Changes to the grid to reduce power outages will help wind, solar, tidal and geothermal energy projects reach customers.
July 7, 2010
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On Tap: Black Boxes for All Passenger Vehicles
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On Tap: Black Boxes for All Passenger Vehicles

Your driving habits soon will be an open book to insurers and police in the aftermath of an accident or car malfunction.
July 1, 2010
Ford Looks to Boost Sales Abroad
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Ford Looks to Boost Sales Abroad

China and India are two large and growing markets on the automaker’s radar screen.
June 25, 2010
Lighter Vehicles Spell Better Gas Mileage
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Lighter Vehicles Spell Better Gas Mileage

Steel, aluminum and composite makers are vying to get more of their materials into cars and trucks.
June 22, 2010
Key Industrial Resources Face a Tepid Recovery
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Key Industrial Resources Face a Tepid Recovery

Good old supply and demand are back in control of the prices of industrial metals, cement and lumber.
June 18, 2010
Auto Sales Digging Out of a Deep Hole
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Auto Sales Digging Out of a Deep Hole

Full recovery for the carmaking industry is still far down the road.
June 17, 2010
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Electric Bills to Surge in Coal Burning Areas
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Electric Bills to Surge in Coal Burning Areas

Green power requirements will require utilities to invest big -- and raise rates.
June 11, 2010
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States Vying for Alternative-Energy Firms
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States Vying for Alternative-Energy Firms

Take a look at which states are landing key solar and other high-tech firms.
June 9, 2010
Obama Drilling Ban Mostly for Show
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Obama Drilling Ban Mostly for Show

The president has little leeway as he struggles with the oil spill and the public backlash.
May 27, 2010
Highway Bill to Spur Land Use Changes
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Highway Bill to Spur Land Use Changes

Uncle Sam’s new focus: More mixed-use developments, fewer long commutes.
May 27, 2010
Postal Rates Headed Higher -- Again
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Postal Rates Headed Higher -- Again

With payrolls in jeopardy, a desperate Postal Service seeks more revenue.
May 25, 2010
Solar Power to the People
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Solar Power to the People

Worries about safety and neighborhood aesthetics will spawn new rules but won’t stop solar installations.
May 20, 2010