The Congressional Ban On Selling Crude Oil Is Past Its ‘Sell Date’

MORNING CONSULT      How times change.  Used to be Congress wrung its hands over oil shortages and American dependence on imports. Now there’s a fight on Capitol Hill over whether to allow American oil companies to export crude – because, as surprisingly few citizens know, it’s against the law for U.S. firms to sell oil into world…

With Troops On the Ground, Did Russia Just Take Over OPEC?

Real Clear Markets          Few doubt that a geopolitical Rubicon has been crossed with Russian troops now on the ground, and active, in Syria. There hasn’t been this much Russian activity in the Middle East since before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Putin watchers and Russia experts across the political spectrum…

We’re a Long Way From ‘Peak Car’

Wall Street Journal            Many environmentalists hope, and oil producers worry, that we’re entering a post-car era spearheaded by tech-savvy, bike-path-loving, urban-dwelling, Uber-using millennials—leaving behind generations of automobile owners whose thirst for gasoline seemed limitless.

How Silicon Valley Could Really Change the World

CITY JOURNAL   When it comes to technology and money, all roads lead to Silicon Valley. But when it comes to support for world-changing science, today’s tech leaders think small. The world awaits the first Nobel Prize for a Google, Apple, or Amazon scientist, or for a researcher funded by any Silicon Valley company.

Fund the magic of new science

USA Today   New science is the closest thing to magic needed to solve seemingly intractable problems in every domain from medicine and manufacturing to energy and the environment.

When Congress ‘Reins In’ Lawyers, Lawyers Always Win

Real Clear Politics There are still a handful of truths about America about which nearly everyone agrees. One is the centrality of innovation for future prosperity. This truth stretches back to the beginning of the nation. As every aspiring patent lawyer learns in first year, the Founding Fathers enshrined into the Constitution itself-not just in…