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China patiently challenges US military superiority

While the U.S. reacts to the scourges of Ebola and ISIS, China continues to patiently and steadily exploit weaknesses in U.S. military capabilities. The bipartisan U.S. China Commission is poised to release its annual report to Congress that details some of the specifics. The big lesson to learn from it is that the U.S. can […]

The Oil Price Swoon Won’t Stop the Shale Boom

With oil prices sliding, energy investors are worried, while Saudi Arabia and Russia no doubt hope, that low prices will cap America’s boom in shale-oil production. Green-energy types sit by, happy to see turmoil in the fossil-fuel sector. But price dips are common in oil and other markets subject to cyclical swings. True enough, sellers […]

Government Overhaul: Long Overdue

The October 22 edition of the New York Times ran an article, Nation’s Confidence Ebbs at a Steady Drip, that focused on the public’s loss of confidence in the Federal Government, the President, and Congress. The article pointed out that the President began his presidency committed to restoring public confidence that had been severely damaged […]

Why 2014 Won’t Be the Warmest Year on Record

Much is being made of the “global” surface thermometer data, which three-quarters the way through 2014 is now suggesting the global average this year will be the warmest in the modern instrumental record. I claim 2014 won’t be the warmest global-average year on record. ..if for no other reason than this: thermometers cannot measure global […]

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US, South Korea delay plan on wartime military control

South Korea and the United States have agreed to postpone the transfer of wartime operational control – known as OPCON – until Seoul is capable of countering nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

Don’t Assume Saudi Supply Drop Was Move to Bolster Oil Price

The drop in Saudi Arabian oil supply last month failed to sway analysts looking for signs OPEC’s biggest producer is seeking to bolster global prices. Brent crude jumped yesterday after a person familiar with the country’s oil policies said the amount it supplied to markets fell in September by 328,000 barrels a day. The decline is a result of the country keeping more of its own output to meet rising domestic demand, according to BNP Paribas SA. Saudi consumption rose to the most in at least 12 years in August.

Dismay at limp EU energy deal

European renewables industry groups expressed dismay at a “lack of ambition” and “missed opportunity” by EU leaders in adopting a weak set of targets in the energy and climate policy framework for 2030.

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