Politics

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women’s Participation in the Labor Force

Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March, the female labor force participation rate has suffered due to the high volume of women who have left the workforce. Though there are many other contributing factors, research posed that those responsible for the most damage are the concentration of women in certain industries, and the need to … Continue reading

Politics

Addressing Addiction and Discriminatory Arrest Practices in the U.S.: Is Oregon Moving in the Right Direction?

This past election cycle, Oregon passed a law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of many hard drugs. The measure was proposed and passed with the aim of more effectively tackling the issues of addiction and overdose in the state.[i] Criminal justice system involvement is not an effective treatment for addiction. Nearly 80% of inmates … Continue reading

Politics

Electric Vehicles: driving towards an efficient electricity grid.

Electric vehicles (EV’s) represent a paradigm shift in the transport and the power sector. As the number of EVs increases rapidly around the globe, it is expected that there will be 18.7 million EVs on US roads by 2030.[i] EV’s have a clear environmental advantage over traditional vehicles as they produce no tailpipe emissions and are two to three times more energy-efficient. According to the US Department of Energy, EV’s are capable of converting 60 percent of … Continue reading

Politics

Senator Mike Lee Proposes NEPA Reform

On September 16, 2020 Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the NEPA Agency Process Accountability Act, proposed legislation that would shorten the amount of time agencies spend reviewing the environmental impact of their regulations and action and reduce the paperwork associates with these scientific studies.[1] The reform would prevent agencies from dragging their feet in implementing … Continue reading

Politics

Unsanctioned Ballot Collection Boxes: Expanding or Suppressing Voting Rights?

Last week, the GOP took responsibility for the placement of over 50 unofficial ballot collection boxes across the state of California.[1] This action has been identified by election officials as illegal and ripe for voter fraud.[2] The California GOP has defended their decision by citing a 2016 state law, which has since been amended, that allows … Continue reading

China / Economy / Energy / Environment / Politics / Trade

China and Latin America: forging new economic ties in United States backyard.

China experienced explosive economic growth in the past few decades that helped it rise to the position of the second-largest economy in the world. It now aims to transform itself from a regional to a global hegemon, effectively challenging the US in its backyard, Latin America. The country’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) facilitated its … Continue reading

Politics

Would Proposed Changes to Section 230 Cause More Harm Than Good?

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act limits the legal liability of websites that allow their users to post their own content and also allows those sites to moderate user-generated content. Section 230 obviously protects the large social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but it also protects less obvious online platforms, such as information … Continue reading

Politics

Could virtual learning be setting students up for a more successful future?

Students in all levels of education are experiencing virtual learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, The New York Times surveyed students for opinions pertaining to remote learning[1]. Though most who were questioned had reservations about the inability to be in a classroom environment, a silver lining is emerging as it becomes … Continue reading

Politics / Regulation

The Future of Regulations Suspended During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many agencies suspending their regulations to assist both the economy and public health.[i] The pandemic and economic stagnancy have drawn attention to the undue burden that many regulations place on growth and development.[ii] Many have wondered how necessary various regulations are, and whether they should endure after the pandemic … Continue reading