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Brigham A. McCown

Brigham A. McCown is an attorney and public policy expert. With nearly three decades of combined public service, Mr. McCown formerly headed a federal agency and served as a key federal regulator over the energy and transportation industries. He is also a retired Naval Aviator and an avid baseball fan who calls it as he sees it, right down the middle. To learn more, visit him on Forbes and on National Journal, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Entries by Brigham A. McCown

The Future of U.S. Energy

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:08 PM

With enormous supplies and massive investments in natural gas and oil in the US, the nation's domestic supply of energy continues to grow at a record rate.

The US is poised to surpass Russia as the world's largest natural gas producer by 2015. For the first time in nearly...

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Red, White, and Renewable

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:34 PM

According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. has an energy grid in transition.

While uncertainty remains concerning the continuation of the federal tax subsidy programs for renewable energy, there is no doubt wind, solar, hydro, and even nuclear power should continue to play a growing part in...

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If Taxi Cabs Want Business, They Must Learn to Compete

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Governmental regulations exist to promote and enforce safety. Regulations also help level playing fields and ensure consumers are protected. Unfortunately, some believe regulations exist in order to favor one form of business over another. In many cases, the wheels of government bureaucracy are manipulated to alter private competition.

A recent...

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Why Billboards Are Important

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Recently, electronic billboards have been popping up alongside America's roadways, catching the eyes of motorists.

The reactions vary wildly. Some opposition has claimed it is inherently distracting, focusing on safety concerns. Other opposition, however, seems to resist all new construction without regard for the support of economic growth or promoting...

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New Jersey Explosion Serves As Reminder for Safety Vigilance

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:28 AM

The terrible gas explosion in New Jersey on Tuesday serves as a stark reminder to consistently emphasize proper safety procedures when working around natural gas.

While details surrounding the explosion are still unknown, the outline presented so far is sadly typical.

It appears a contractor, hired by Public...

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Securing the Electric Grid: A Decades Old Threat Demands Action Today

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:29 PM

As with anything in life, guaranteeing 100 percent absolute security in any situation is simply impossible.

When it comes to the nation's electrical power transmission system, however, reaching the highest attainable level of protection is of critical importance.

Unfortunately, since the 1970s - and before - what would be described...

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When Is Enforcement Effective?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 2:30 PM

On a January day when freezing temperatures outside did nothing to cool the heated rhetoric of Congress, a group of former regulators gathered on Capitol Hill for a pragmatic, nonpartisan discussion of how to best enforce the vast array of government laws and regulations. The timely event, moderated by former...

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The Best (Or Worst) Laid Airline Plans

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Monday's merger of American Airlines with U.S. Airways, the Nation's No. 3 and No. 5 carriers respectively, means the new 100,000-employee American, has literally, overnight, become the world's largest airline company.

For now, the new American will still operate as two distinct companies as the integration of...

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