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February 24, 2016 It's The Energy, Stupid: How Low Oil Prices Could Reshape Geopolitics - And Drive Peace In AsiaSource: Forbes
On 22 February, the US crude futures price rose $1.84 to $31.84 a barrel, a 6% increase. The reason: the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast that US shale oil output could drop by 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2016 and...
February 22, 2016 Who Bernie would take down along with Wall StreetSource: Daily News
The kids want to elect Bernie Sanders president partly because they want Wall Street to Feel the Bern. But his centerpiece idea to punish Big Finance — a tax on all Wall Street trades — would make us all pay more without fixing...
February 17, 2016 China's Rule of FearSource: Huff Post
China is once again gripped by fear in a way it has not been since the era of Mao Zedong. From the inner sanctum of the Chinese Communist Party to university lecture halls and executive suites, the specter of harsh accusations...
February 17, 2016 Resolving the Annual Budget Tug of WarSource: Larry Checco, featured commentator
Here they go again! Even before President Barack Obama submitted his final budget proposal to Congress—a whopping $4.15 trillion package that would boost spending in 2017 by 5 percent—it was considered dead on arrival by...
February 17, 2016 Can climate change cause wars? - videoSource: Grist
For decades, psychologists have studied the links between temperature and aggression. Whatever the mechanism, it seems to be the case that with spikes in heat come spikes in violence. How can we understand this effect, and what...
February 16, 2016 Chipotle's Food-Safety Woes? Don't Expect Sympathy From Rest Of Industry - text/audioSource: NPR
Chipotle Mexican Grill certainly is not the first company to face lawsuits and subpoenas because its food made people sick. Other companies, in fact, have faced far worse: Companies like Blue Bell, Dole and Earthbound Farms have...
February 16, 2016 Shell Oil CEO Says Petrobras Should Step Aside In BrazilSource: Forbes
Brazil’s government-owned oil giant, Petrobras , should cede some of its drilling rights to foreign firms, Royal Dutch Shell Oil CEO Ben van Beurden was quoted saying in Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper on Monday.
February 16, 2016 Is the US Fed Running Out of Ammunition to Ward Off Recession?Source: Forbes
Madam Secretary Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday lasted three whole hours, making it clear that the Federal Reserve’s actions are increasingly attracting political scrutiny. Indeed, Yellen’s role is more vital than...
February 12, 2016 The Misguided ExxonMobil Climate Change InquisitionSource: Forbes
Last year witnessed the astounding speed at which public and expert opinion now coalesce around policies that would have seemed unacceptable a few years earlier. From same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization, public opinion...
February 10, 2016 Climate Change, Disasters, and Security: Unconventional Approaches to Building StabilitySource: New Security Beat
It is “not sufficient to look at history for lessons on how we should prepare for and prevent future security risks in a climate change world,” said Swathi Veeravalli, research scientist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’...
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