Category Archives: United States

Exxon versus Clean Energy

Environmentalists have long been pushing for a transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energies. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has said that people are running “the dumbest experiment in history” by continuing to burn oil, coal and gas. He argues that even if we find new ways to extract oil in tar sands or in the ocean, fossil fuel must come to an end either when they have... Read More

A Comparative Analysis of Climate Change Performance: Democracy versus Authoritarianism

Assessing the influence of democratic and authoritarian regimes on mitigation efforts

 The impact of anthropogenic activity, both at the industrial and private level, continues to exacerbate the issues surrounding climate change in today’s society. The possibility of future progress grows breaker due to limited action by nations to thwart the detrimental effects of c... Read More

DONALD TRUMP: BUILD NUCLEAR PLANTS NOT COAL MINES

The nuclear energy dilemma in Trump’s era

Introductions: context, debates, and urgency

After the Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011, nuclear energy has been facing challenge after challenge: global public support for nuclear energy generation has decreased, major countries with significant nuclear capacity have announced phase-outs or complete shutdowns of existin... Read More

Is an International Consensus on Climate Change Mitigation Possible?

Anthropogenic activity, both at the private and at the industrial level, continues to raise the salience of climate change. With the advent of new technologies and increased capacity in the scientific field, climate change has not only been proven to exist but has also been shown to have a detrimental impact on future generations. Despite this overwhelming evid... Read More

When Do Monetary Incentives Backfire?

In economics “incentives matter”, so much so that the bestselling book Freakonomics defines the discipline of economics as the study of incentives. Extrinsic incentives, like cash payments, are familiar forms of incentives and they are often proposed in order to motivate or alter the behavior of individuals. So, should students get financially rewarded for class attendance? Would a... Read More

The Persistence of Manufacturing in Deindustrialized America

Over the past three decades, the American manufacturing has been characterized by a marked decline in employment rates. We hear much about deindustrialization and the outsourcing of production leading to an almost wholesale relocation of American labor-intensive industries to lower-wage areas in the developing world. By the end of 2012, the sector had lost approximately 8 million jobs since its... Read More

A Territorial Fix for the Corporate Tax

After a decade of hefty profits, by summer 2012 Apple Inc. was sitting on $117 billion in cash, 23% of the entire company’s value. Yet despite no acquisition plans to justify the staggering figure, Apple long refused to return a single dollar back to its shareholders. By August intense pressure became intolerable, pushing the company finally to pay $2.5 billion in cash dividends, a mere two... Read More

Ballet Companies: Do They Make Sense?

Since its conception as an art form in 15th century Italy, ballet has grown to encompass a prominent sector of the performance industry, while acquiring a rapidly growing presence in popular media. The New York City Ballet, one of the most elite ballet companies in the world, hosts an annual Fall Gala that is one of the most high-profile, anticipated performing arts events of the year attended ... Read More