The Pulse: Citizens League Issues Scan

"The Pulse", the Citizens League issue scan looks at topics of interest to members of the Citizens League (

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Friday, March 07, 2003
Transportation and Environment. Hydrogen Fuel May Be Clean But Getting It Here Looks Messy. Jeffrey Ball wrote a front-page story for the Mach 7, 2003 Wall Street Journal on the delivery infrastructure challenges of using hydrogen fuel for vehicles on a broad basis. The source of the hydrogen will determine whether it will reduce our carbon emissions. If it derives from electricity produced by fossil fuels, there may be little or no gain on carbon emissions. Despite the $1.7 billion five-year initiative announced in the President's State of the Union message, widespread use for vehicles may be a decade to a half-century off. (Source: Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2003, p. A1). (343)

Thursday, March 06, 2003
Public Services: e-Government -- U.S. Federal Bill to Broaden Office of Management and Budget Perspective on e-Government. Jason Miller wrote for Government Computer News on a new federal bill HR 2458 that would build on the 25 e-government initiatives at the federal level to provide greater Office of Management and Budget oversight of e-government and codify the approach used to come up with and fund significant e-government initiatives. The full story may be found at: (342)

Tuesday, March 04, 2003
Citizenship and Civic Participation. Conference Laments Drop in Civic Participation. John Wildermuth wrote for the March 3, 2003 San Francisco Chronicle on a late February conference in San Francisco hosted by the Commonwealth Club, a15,000 member organization. One speaker indicated that there were fewer voters today than ten years ago when there were 10 million fewer residents of the state. The story cited successful examples of efforts to get more people involved via churches and foreign language newspapers. (Source: SanFrancisco Chronicle, March 3, 2003 p.A6) (341)

Sunday, March 02, 2003
Technology: U.S. Ranks Second in Global Network Readiness Index. A report by the World Economic Forum ranked 82 countries on information networks in terms of market and regulatory conditions, network infrastructure, and the level of usage by individuals, businesses and governments. Finland's number one ranking came from high usage across all three sectors while in the U.S. the highest usage was in the business sector. Singapore, Sweden and Canada rounded up the top five rankings. The full report may be found online at: (340)