Largely lost in the partisan bickering over the stimulus has been the law's enormous positive impact on improving government transparency. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is not just the most transparent federal spending bill in U.S. history—the changes it pioneered will endure even after the stimulus winds down.
Over the years, the reputation of ethanol has swung from one extreme to another.
Most discussions on how to reduce your carbon footprint focus on what you drive and how well your house is insulated. Those issues are certainly vital, but the bigger issue may really be how much you drive and how big your residence is. And those, in turn, get you into the wonky subject of land use.
The man without a plan? That would be Uncle Sam!