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Why 'overregulated' California is leading the way

Ideologues hate it when the facts get in the way of their theories. California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed trailblazing legislation last week that commits the state to audacious greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030 of 40 percent below 1990 levels. Not surprisingly, longstanding critics from the business community were howling once again about how California's business climate will …

Hanjin shipping bankruptcy: 'Efficient' just-in-time delivery not so efficient after all

We are about to learn once again that lack of resilience is the flip side of efficiency. Last week the world's 7th largest shipping firm failed to rally the support of its creditors last week and was forced to file for bankruptcy.

Monsanto, temptation and some 'adolescent' farmers

Monsanto has done the equivalent of giving a teenage boy the keys to the family car and then telling him that he can't drive it. We know what comes next.

Limitless imagination and physical limits

How do we distinguish those ideas that are forever going to remain in the realm of fiction and those that can become concrete reality? Of those that are possible how do we determine which won't destroy us?

Cheniere's first LNG export cargoes: A contrarian indicator for U.S. natural gas prices?

A contrarian indicator is an event which suggests that a broadly and firmly held view--in this case, the view that U.S. natural gas supplies will grow and remain cheap for decades--is about to begin a reversal.

Climate change begins now (even if we are unprepared)

Right now humanity is like a patient without medical insurance or a doctor, one who visits the emergency room every time something serious goes wrong.

Oil price and economic growth get married

It used to be that when it came to the world economy, oil prices and economic growth were more like distant cousins who disliked each other rather than a happily married couple always seen nuzzling together in public. The received wisdom was that low oil prices are good for the overall economy even if they are bad for the oil industry and for countries that are heavily dependent on oil for …

Are you anti-science if you don't like GMOs?

If you oppose something produced as a result of scientific research, does that make you anti-science? GMO critics are often accused of this, but the accusation is really a smokescreen.

M. King Hubbert and the future of peak oil

A new biography reveals the man most associated with the idea of peak oil to be a subtle and flexible thinker far ahead of his time. His insights remain critical today as the "Don't worry, be happy" chorus continues to attempt to distract us from key resource and climate issues that endanger our global society.

GMO industry: The dumbest guys in the room

By embracing the GMO labeling bill currently before the U.S. Congress, the GMO industry is about to make another a public relations mistake that will haunt it for years to come.
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