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Points of Friction

Magazine article Information Today

Points of Friction

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., speaking to librarians attending ALA's biennial Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Philadelphia earlier this year, spoke about environmental protection "not for the fish, but for us." He suggested that the U.S. government invest in new energy sources, just as Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Franklin D. Roosevelt did. Both presidents invested in infrastructural development projects, including building highways and dams, as well as public works projects that brought with them "the great prosperity" that lasted about 50 years.

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Referring to electric cars and LED lights as the "arms race of the 21st century," and noting that China is winning that race, Kennedy also extolled the virtues of switching from Edison light bulbs to more efficient light sources. However, he concluded to a round of applause saying that in the war to save our planet, it's more important to change our politicians than it is to change our light bulbs (follow him on Twitter: @RobertKennedyJr).

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While Galaxy Press used the metaphor of a tabloid newspaper to invoke nostalgic images of an earlier era and to simultaneously hawk its line of L. …

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