Back in April, Bloomberg infamously predicted that “half of U.S. fracking companies would be dead or sold this year.” Despite continued slumps in oil, the expensive extraction process of fracking has remained and will likely continue to stay for the foreseeable future.
The recent FONOP has paved the way for the U.S.’ next move, which should be beginning preparations for securing an internationally recognized agreement to settle the Spratly Island issue once and for all.
China has been building artificial islands near the Spratly Islands for years in an attempt to claim territorial sovereignty over the contested area. If the U.S. does not challenge these claims of sovereignty, then it could open the door for China to assert that all shipping passing through the South China Sea requires their approval.
Everyone knows littering is bad, but when it comes to 75,000 metric tons of nuclear waste Obama is apathetic.
The fight to address the nation’s growing nuclear waste problem is not a technological one, but a political one. Misinformation and irrational fears have served to keep many people opposed to the long term solution of a nuclear waste repository, but the irony is that failing to relocate the waste is far more dangerous.