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Analysis and Commentary

Why Iran Will Never Give Up On Nuclear Weapons

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Friday, July 12, 2019

This week, Donald Trump repeated an American mantra: “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.” But in due time it will, because it can, and because it has long seen the Bomb to be in its national interest. But is there an upside?

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Future Shocked

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Silly nature myths and anti-capitalist posturing are neither new nor green nor a deal.

Analysis and Commentary

Political Power And Electrical Power Are Inextricably Linked. Ask Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Earlier this millennium, a series of power brownouts and blackouts in California led to the recall of a sitting governor and a special election for his replacement: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Argentina’s leadership is running for reelection this October, and if it can’t keep the lights on, it may not be welcomed back to power.

Analysis and Commentary

Electricity From Large Dams Does Not Count As Renewable Energy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Anna Caballero, a Democratic state senator from a district near me in California, had a proposal that I actually agreed with. She wanted the term “renewable energy” in California law to refer to–hold on to your hat–renewable energy.

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Cutting The Fat Tail Of Climate Risk: Carbon Backstop Technologies As A Climate Insurance Policy

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, May 20, 2019

A variety of promising technologies that might be considered “carbon backstops” are now emerging. Such technologies would be impactful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, scalable, and available for rapid deployment—but too expensive to justify broad deployment today. 

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Is Russia Preparing A Gas Nuclear Option?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, May 13, 2019

Vladimir Putin is noted for taking surprise action, which confronts his victims with a fait accompli. They must then either accept the new unfavorable status quo or react in a way that they would consider too risky. Putin has employed this playbook in Georgia, Crimea, East Ukraine, Syria, on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea and to prop up the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

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Doing Nothing About Climate Change The Most Expensive Option

mentioning George P. Shultzvia Duluth News Tribune
Sunday, May 12, 2019

A human-caused crisis threatened many of Earth's plant and animal species. The problem was in the atmosphere.

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California High Speed Railway Estimated To Cost $79B: Report

quoting Lee Ohanianvia NTD
Friday, May 3, 2019
A project update report from the California railway authorities has raised the price tag for the Californian rail project to $79 billion.
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The Road (And Rail And Reservoirs) Ahead: Can California Be Innovative—And Sensible?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A quick look around the nation shows states making clever, necessary transportation improvements—even if the progress doesn’t occur overnight.

Analysis and Commentary

Bridging The Gap With The Science For Climate Action Network

by Alice Hill, Richard Moss, Bilal Ayyub, Mary Glackin, Katharine L. Jacobs, Jerry Melillo, T. C. Richmond, Lynn Scarlett, Dan Zarrillivia EOS
Thursday, April 4, 2019

A new report identifies missing support that is slowing progress in limiting and adapting to climate change. The Science for Climate Action Network aims to provide it.

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