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June 2, 2015 Energy CEOs give their outlook for rest of the year

Source: CNBC

CEOs from energy companies gathered Monday in New York for the RBC Global Energy & Power Executive Conference. CNBC 's "Power Lunch" host, Brian Sullivan, sat down with some of the top executives to talk about the outlook for the...

June 2, 2015 Homeland Security to beef up airport security screening after report

Source: USA Today

Random covert testing, intensive training and equipment checks are among several changes Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Monday after an internal investigation found flaws in the nation's airport security...

June 2, 2015 Why $65 per barrel oil looks like a ceiling, not a floor

Source: Reuters

Big Oil is too confident about crude prices. After a 40 percent rally from January’s six-year low, the momentum has been on the upside. But the current prices – $65 a barrel for Brent and $60 for WTI – look more like a ceiling...

June 2, 2015 The Economic Syndrome that Dares Not Speak its Name:

Source: Larry Checco

Fifty years ago LBJ launched his Great Society, a set of domestic programs the main goal of which was to eliminate poverty and racial injustice in America.[more]

June 1, 2015 Time To Hit The Corporate Social Responsibility 'Reset Button'

Source: Forbes

It is overstatement to say that over the last several decades corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs have become commonplace within many large companies and financial institutions, particularly those who have investments...

June 1, 2015 Washing one's hands of the stain of coal

Australian Financial Review - According to the Global îSustainableî Investment Alliance ... All the main index providers, led by S&P Dow Jones, îMSCIî and FTSE, have devoted huge resources to...

June 1, 2015 Warming oceans could mean typhoons are 14% stronger by 2100, study says

The Carbon Brief - It's worth remembering that the latest research shows current emissions tracking the highest emissions scenario of those used by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) scenarios, so...

May 29, 2015 What Will Happen to a Generation of Wall Street Traders Who Have Never Seen a Rate Hike?

Source: Bloomberg

No one is suggesting that Wall Street traders are any less capable than they were in the past. But what’s remarkable is the sheer number of those who started their careers after the Fed dropped rates close to zero in 2008.

May 29, 2015 Why You Should Walk Away From The Charter Communications - Time Warner Cable Deal

Source: Seeking Alpha

I'm very skeptical about this buyout deal. Not only the chances of it succeeding are not high, but also the downside risks are high. If Charter Communications walks away from the deal, the fall in Time Warner Cable's share price...

May 29, 2015 Stop Calling China a Currency Manipulator

bloombergview.com - The effectiveness of Zhu's strategy was evident during China's 2001 entry into the îWorld Trade Organizationî, which eventually pried the nation open to foreign investment and competition. Zhou's...

May 29, 2015 Shareholder Activism Is Ok, As Long As It's Honest

Source: Investors' Business Daily

Activism can be beneficial for all shareholders if it spurs an honest discussion amongst management and investors about the state and direction of a company. Such a debate can lead to many outcomes: Stay the course, make changes...

May 29, 2015 Global Warming Update

Source: Greenpeace

Petroleum interests and paid denialist employ scientific doubt to rationalize non-action, but this is a trick. Scientific knowledge is built on doubt. Every process in nature involves multiple influences, no observer knows all...

May 28, 2015 Pizza Hut And Taco Bell Join Hershey And Nestle In Going More Natural

Source: Forbes

This is big. Journalists say three of something makes a trend but this is looking like a food business tsunami towards using more natural, less chemical ingredients in so-called fast and comfort foods. This is definitely...

May 28, 2015 A Drought For Business: How Water Shortages Will Impact Your Bottom Line

Source: Business.com

Since 2011, California has moved from a state of “abnormally dry” to two-thirds of the land labeled as “exceptionally dry”. The Governor has issued an array of laws to help replenish California, most recently a mandated 25...

May 28, 2015 Who’s to Blame For California’s Water Shortage? Look In A Mirror

Source: IVN

We Californians are to blame when it comes to our water shortage — but ultimately for reasons most of us never contemplate. The problem is our willingness to cede to single-party control in our state. Regardless of which side of...

May 28, 2015 Global Warming Is Not A Theory. It Is A Measurement.

Source: Clean Technica

I admit to being concerned about global warming, its many impacts, present and future, on human welfare, and the insidious fact that those least responsible for global warming and the resultant climate change are likely to suffer...

May 28, 2015 A Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Food Safety?

Source: Forbes

Corporate management on average is far more interested in food sales and profits and would just as soon ignore those people who talk incessantly about a “culture of food safety,” or “food safety from farm to fork.”

May 28, 2015 FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Mandatory Food Recalls Under the Food Safety Modernization Act

Source: National Law Review

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a draft guidance titled, “Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls.” FDA was given general mandatory food recall authority by the Food Safety Modernization Act...

May 27, 2015 What Would Ronald Reagan Do About Climate Change?

Source: Forbes

What would Reagan do?” (WWRD?) is a commonplace query on the right, and recently it has been applied to the vexing issue of climate change. It has been pointed out that Reagan embraced the 1987 Montreal Protocol that phased out...

May 27, 2015 Editorial: Executive compensation, ever higher, ever less justifiable

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

By almost any measure, one of the least-successful movements of the past decade has been the effort to rein in executive pay. “Say on pay” laws haven’t worked. Tax reforms haven’t worked. Shame hasn’t worked.

May 27, 2015 Accidents, waste and weapons: nuclear power isn't worth its risks

Science Codex - However, offsetting this is the economy of scale of large reactors. The îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî, which is not anti-nuclear, has serious safety and security concerns about SMRs. Weapons...

May 26, 2015 Pharma Trumps All Healthcare Sectors In Executive Compensation

Source: Forbes

A few weeks ago someone posted the annual compensation of a single healthcare CEO in a social media forum. I forget which CEO and which forum, but I’ve seen this before and it is provocative.

May 26, 2015 Fiat Chrysler boss shakes up global car business

Source: Toledo Blade

NEW YORK — Mary Barra, chief executive of General Motors, received a lengthy and unusual email back in March from one of her direct competitors, Sergio Marchionne.

May 26, 2015 Are investments in the chemicals sector appropriate for ethical investors'

Investopedia - The company now employs more than 45,000 employees worldwide. The Ethical Investment Research Services (îEIRISî) has paired up with Eurosif to publish reviews of the chemical sector in Europe. The...

May 26, 2015 Kevin Rudd: US, China and India key to tackling climate change

Source: The Guardian

Kevin Rudd says the US, China and India are key to a new global deal on cutting carbon emissions and tackling climate change.

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