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Cleaning Up Coal's Mess

Coal’s share of the U.S. energy market is rapidly plunging. Low-cost fracking-generated natural gas has overtaken the use of coal at America’s power plants. Impending implementation of the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which would place stringent regulations on coal-fired power plant emissions, has also helped to drive coal production to its lowest level in decades. Government sources predict further decline.

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The Oil Glut Courtesy of...China?

Ship tracking data from Bloomberg shows that 83 supertankers carrying around 166 million barrels of oil are headed to China, which has stockpiled an impressive 787,000 barrels a day in the first quarter of 2016—the highest stockpiling rate since 2014.

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Perhaps Pay Discrepancies Should be Visible

Pay transparency is all the rage these days.  President Obama has taken action to increase pay transparency among federal contractors. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination, recently issued a regulation requiring large companies to disclose aggregate salary information in their annual informational filing. In addition, states have been taking action as well, with California and New York enacting legislation to support pay transparency efforts.

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People are the New Media

“Traditional media” has been on its deathbed for what feels like a decade now. Opinions on the severity of the situation differ, but it is generally accepted that in its current form, the media industry will not be able to survive a landscape of internet-only publishing in its current state.

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Productively Measuring Productivity

Productivity seems to be one of the measures the Federal Government is using to justify its policy decisions in the lead up to the budget.  The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull invoked this little understood term in relation to the bill to resurrect the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

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Pinning Hope on the Pope for Brand Relevance

When the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, told a newspaper the firm was “doing God’s work”, his appeal on behalf of higher powers was an attempt to rescue the tainted reputation not only of his own investment bank, but also of the entire industry. However, for the Catholic Church, even this most obvious of strategies might not be enough to stem an inexorable decline.

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Energy Consumption Shift Puts India in the Spotlight

Access to energy sources at low prices will continue to drive the world’s political agenda, as energy is a component as well as an object of national power. The world’s primary energy consumption from commercial sources of energy has grown from approximately 8,600 million tons oil equivalent (mtoe) to 13,000 mtoe from 1995 to 2015 and is forecasted to grow approximately by the same amount to 17,300 mtoe by 2035.

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Surprise! Lithium is Expensive

Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—are poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world's new gasoline and earning the moniker of "White Petroleum". In addition, the battle for market share in and around this commodity has everyone from major tech players to trend-setting investor gurus vying for a foothold.

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