Economy & Business

"Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress"

"The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday reached final agreement on the largest regional trade accord in history, teeing up what could be the toughest fight President Obama will face in his final year in office: securing approval from Congress."

Source: NY Times, 10/06/2015

Senate Panel OKs Oil Export Bill, But Party Split Signals Trouble

"Legislation authorizing crude exports advanced through another congressional panel on Thursday with a mostly party-line vote that underscored some senators’ deep skepticism of making a big trade policy change to benefit oil producers without new environmental safeguards or taxes."

Source: FuelFix, 10/02/2015

"Investors Are Mining for Water, the Next Hot Commodity"

"CADIZ, Calif. — Gazing out of a turboprop high above his company’s main asset — 34,000 acres in the Mojave Desert with billions of gallons of fresh water locked deep below the sagebrush-dotted land — Scott Slater paints a lush picture that has enticed a hardy band of investors for a quarter-century."

Source: NY Times, 09/25/2015

Controversial Newspaper Campaign Takes on Climate ‘Fatalism’

In this excerpt from the latest issue of SEJournal, The Guardian's James Randerson explains how his newspaper came to launch its 'Keep it in the Ground' campaign, backing the global fossil fuel divestment movement — and how, rather than constraining the paper journalistically, the project provided a connection to readers that goes far beyond a click on a website.

"In Clash With Pope's Climate Call, U.S. Church Leases Drilling Rights"

"Casting the fight against climate change as an urgent moral duty, Pope Francis in June urged the world to phase out highly-polluting fossil fuels. Yet in the heart of U.S. oil country several dioceses and other Catholic institutions are leasing out drilling rights to oil and gas companies to bolster their finances, Reuters has found."

Source: Reuters, 09/23/2015


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