Is Our New Energy Plan Good Enough?

The Times is telling us that environmentalists are pleased about the new energy bill draft. It certainly has its merits, will create tons of jobs, and will help get us up to speed with the rest of the world (or at least Western Europe). But is it good enough? Picking up on where my esteemed colleague Andrew left off: Is it just me, or do parts of the new energy plan seem not at all impressive and nowhere near urgent enough?Specifically the part where every region in the United States has 16 years to ensure a quarter of its energy is coming from renewable sources. A quarter! Sixteen years! And some people are complaining that's unreasonable to ask. It sounds like a good start, because we understand that, like a good risotto, these things take time. And yet time is of the essence, and other countries have pulled off much more in a much smaller amount of time.Sure, the U.S. is enormous, but if we look at it regionally, or by state, the areas that need to get up to speed are easily comparable to European countries that are already doing much, much better than we will be doing in 2025.Let's remind ourselves that globally, the U.S. is ranked 39th when it comes to environmental performance.Image via
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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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