By Christopher Chen Federal wind production tax credits (PTC) could mimic almost all other environmental efforts in being bitterly partisan, but has surprisingly gained support from all sides. Because of both big business and environmental responsibility, the United States has embraced wind PTC as a bipartisan effort. Federal wind PTC is federal money given backContinue Reading The (Surprisingly) Bipartisan Wind Production Tax Credit
Kaitlin Gately On the night of Friday, April 22, over 100 students occupied the plaza outside Columbia University’s library for “Sleep Out 4 Divest”. They laid down mattresses and sleeping bags and set up tents in order to express their support for six members of Columbia Divest for Climate Justice who had occupied Low LibraryContinue Reading The Divestment Movement: Environmentally Friendly and Risk Avoidance
By Philip Abraham As the principal contractor for the U.S. and foreign militaries alike, Fortune 500 company Lockheed Martin engineers some of the most advanced aerospace technologies in the world. Over the past ten years, Lockheed has focused much of its R&D on the energy sector, as a result of the U.S. military’s recognition ofContinue Reading Company Focus: Lockheed Martin and Renewable Energy
Philip Abraham The U.S. military is the largest domestic oil consumer, using over 100 million barrel of oils per year, and the Navy constitutes 33% of that consumption.  The average civilian consumer currently faces low gas prices because of fracking which has caused a boom in U.S. oil production. The sudden increase in U.S.Continue Reading Mean Can Be Green
Kaitlin Gately After years of swings between diplomacy and animosity, Iran signed the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015. In return for barring all pathways to a nuclear weapon, Iran received economic relief from all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on it by the international community. In the wake of these sanctionsContinue Reading The Iranian Economy: On the Upswing?
Weighed down by tumultuous recessions in three of South America’s biggest economics — Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela– and by a minor contraction in oil-dependent Ecuador, the economy of Latin America is expected to decline 0.3 percent this year. In general, South American economies depend heavily on exports, and are currently being suffocated by both aContinue Reading Latin America: Past It’s Prime?
iSTAR: Narrowing the Skills Gap in India India—where 54% of the current population is under the age of 30—stands on the cusp of a demographic boom that could drive massive economic growth.A In 2020, the average age in China is projected to be 37, in Japan, 48, but in India, just 31.A To captureContinue Reading Startup Augments Skilled Labor in India
Chinese Real Estate Investments – Made in Japan TOKYO– After nearly 25 years of incessant falling property prices, Tokyo real estate prices are starting to rise. By no means is Japan back to its golden days of the 1990s, in which the Imperial Palace grounds, sitting upon not even 1.5 square miles of land, wasContinue Reading China’s Role in Japanese Real Estate
Brazilian State-Run Oil Company Caught Siphoning Much More Than Oil by Jaeden Graham BRAZIL – In the midst of a federal government corruption scandal, allegations against state-run oil giant Petrobras in the spring of 2014 led public prosecutors into launching a criminal investigation later that year. Though current President Dilma Rouseff denies any knowledge ofContinue Reading Effects of the Brazilian Oil Scandal