Battle of the Biofuels: Big Corn vs Big Oil

By: Kelli Liegel Big Oil and Big Corn cannot seem to compromise on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the subsequent export-subsidies on RINs (Renewable Identification Number) that the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed. The corn industry claims that Mr. Pruitt’s adverse export-subsidy proposals will drive corn prices down and crush farmers…

Peak Oil Demand: Political and Economic Consequences

By: Ryan McGuine and Sam Alhadeff In 1956, Shell geologist M. King Hubbert predicted that American oil production would peak in 1970 and decline from then on and that worldwide production would do the same sometime around 2000. This narrative, known as “peak oil supply,” predicted that as humans use increasing amounts of oil, existing…

Progressive Saudi Arabia and What it Means for the Political Sphere

By: Ashley Levi The specter of a new age of progressivism in Saudi Arabian politics came into sharper focus when Mohamed Bin Salman, the 32-year-old son of King Salman, was appointed crown prince in June of 2017. He instituted many reforms in Saudi Arabia’s society and legal structure, including an expansion of women’s rights by…

Guns and Oil: The Kingmakers of Venezuela

By: Derrick Gozal Much of recent news concerning Venezuela seems to focus on the increasing centralization of power around its president, Nicolas Maduro. There is a palpable sense that power is trickling down from the country’s democratic institutions to Maduro himself. Allegations of voter fraud on Maduro’s part after the ruling Socialist Party’s surprise victory…