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Campaign melodrama: As the world burns

In the melodrama that passes for the U.S. presidential campaign, Donald Trump got practically all the post-debate headlines last week. But what both candidates agreed on should be far more troubling. And yet, it elicits nothing more than a yawn these days in political discourse.

Deepwater Horizon and our emerging 'normal' catastrophes

We think of the world we live in as static and linear rather than dynamic and nonlinear. That has given us a false sense that things move gradually and predictably in our world, the same false sense that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

OPEC production cut: Just another Saudi head fake?

The Saudis have not finished the job they set out to do ... not merely to lower the production of oil from U.S. shale deposits--a goal which they've already achieved--but also to cripple funding for new projects.

Donald Trump and the impossible destination of globalism

So strong is the fear of globalism and all that it represents among a certain class of Trump supporters that they readily dismiss mainstream media critiques of his fitness for office and his understanding of policy. Those supporters want to protect what little they have left. And, some want to go back to retrieve what they and their communities--often small and rural ones--have lost to …

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.