What if America Splintered? The 12 Countries that Might Emerge

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Written by Jeremy T.K. Farley Over the past 500 years and even before, the kingdoms of the globe were bent upon expanding their borders and broadening their global reach.  The Spanish were the first to begin empire building in the New World, but they were soon followed by the Dutch, French and English, as each...

Mass effective adoption of the right technologies is the key to growth – NextBigFuture.com

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Yukon Huang points out that China had far faster growth without innovation. China had less patents and fewer innovative services. Patents and research are nice things and they can be good. China got a lot of its technology through theft. All the high growth Asian countries copied technology from foreign countries and were successful in...

A new theory of energy and the economy – Part 1 – Generating economic growth

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How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have come to the conclusion that both energy and debt play an extremely important role in an economic system. Once energy supply and other aspects of the economy start hitting diminishing...

De la arquitectura de instituciones ambientales federales (Primera de dos partes)

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Octavio Klimek Alcaraz Basado en la idea de que en estos días se diseña en algún sitio de las olas de lava de la ciudad de México una nueva arquitectura de instituciones federales ambientales, me permito hacer a mis cuatro lectores algunos viejos y nuevos planteamientos al respecto. El virtual presidente electo Andrés Manuel López...

Boulder-based advocates of anti-fracking initiative facing hurdles

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The push is on for supporters of an initiative to put a measure on the state’s November ballot that would prohibit the location of oil and gas wells within 2,500 feet of an occupied building to get the signatures they need by Monday’s deadline. Colorado Rising, the Boulder-based advocacy group pushing Initiative 97, claims it...

The intimidation of democracy

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Mark Goodman People gathering signatures for Ballot Initiative 97, which would increase the minimum distance between oil and gas development and homes, schools and other vulnerable areas to 2,500 feet, are claiming protesters are being organized to stifle their efforts and deter citizens from signing. Colorado Rising, a group promoting Initiative 97, has alleged that...

On Flipping Trump Tower and Waving Your Orcas in the Air Like You Just Don’t Care – Scout Magazine

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Frame this. Put it on the wall of human history and gaze with forlorn detachment: This orca mother has been holding her dead calf afloat for days. ‘It may be some sort of ritual. She’s reluctant to leave her baby”. Yeah, it might be that. Or she might be holding it up for us, evoking...

Wisconsin Frac Sand Producers Seek Relief From Rail Costs, Service Issues

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In a clash of old and new industries, Wisconsin frac sand producers say their business is threatened by a handful of railroads operating under outdated regulations. Wisconsin produces about a third of the nation’s supply of sand used to extract natural gas and oil through a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The dozens...

Lorraine Allanson: Fracking in Yorkshire can spark a rural revival and help to combat fuel poverty. Here’s how

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A QUARTER of a million people died from the cold in the UK between 2006 and 2016, fuel poverty being a major contributor to that shocking figure. Energy prices rose by around 150 per cent over the same 10 years. Many vulnerable people are having to choose between heating and eating according to a briefing...

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s investments draw scrutiny

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has drawn heat for failing to act swiftly against the rise of Hepatitis C — an often fatal liver disease coursing through Florida’s prisons and fueled by the state’s opioid crisis. But Scott does have an interest in the issue: He’s a million-dollar investor in Gilead Sciences, the controversial manufacturer...

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