Sandusky Case Goes Straight to Trial, Economic Historian Says Spending Will Save the Economy, EPA Will Unveil Stricter Rules For Power Plants: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on December 13, 2011

1:06pm: Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary court hearing, which means his case goes straight to trial. We’ll get an update on those developments.

1:12pm: An economic historian says businesses and governments don’t drive growth and never have—consumer spending does. James Livingston has written about his controversial theory in Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul. He joins us this hour.

Politicians and economic development officials like to promote so-called “magic bullets.” Build this attraction, lure this industry, and our state will prosper. Do those big projects ever pay off? We’ll continue a four part series today looking at the booming industry to produce advanced lithium batteries.

The Environmental Protection Agency has regulated toxic air pollution for most industries, but not the biggest polluters: coal and oil-burning power plants. That changes later this week, and we’ll consider the impact.

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