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Pakistan’s ruling party names new PM nominee

MUNIR AHMED and ZARAR KHAN / Associated Press

Pakistan’s ruling party named a loyalist tainted by corruption allegations and a failure to end the country’s energy crisis as the candidate for prime minister, setting the stage for what is likely to be a short and turbulent premiership.

Nuclear energy = green jobs, economic growth in Fla., beyond

Christine Todd Whitman & Karen Avilla / Orlando Sentinal

We all know how critical Florida is to the outcome of this year’s election. This week, as Orlando hosts the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, all eyes are on the presidential candidates as they speak to Hispanic elected officials — and by extension, to their constituents — about the issues that are top of mind for voters.

Developing world reaps energy benefits

UPI

The estimated $50 billion worth of commitments to universal energy access could bring payoffs for more than 1 billion people, an official said from Brazil.

Insight: Children of Mao’s wrath vie for power in China

Chris Buckley/ Reuters

Forty five years before ambitious Chinese politician Bo Xilai fell from power accused of flirting with Cultural Revolution extremism, he stood as a teenager in front of a baying crowd that accused him of defying Mao Zedong’s campaign

Insight: Iran talks – across the table, a wary stalemate

Justyna Pawlak and William Maclean / Reuters

The talk can be blunt and the rhetoric can be flowery, with invocations of deity and Persian poetry. Sometimes, it has been suggested, there is the sense of a well-worn cast acting out a script.

Fusion: The Energy of Tomorrow, Today’

Ross Pomeroy / Real Clear Science

Believe it or not, America is nearing the threshold of a fusion future. By the end of 2012, scientists at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California plan to fire the most powerful laser ever constructed into a small chamber with pea-sized fuel pellets inside. The fusion fuel contained within the pellets, two isotopes of hydrogen — deuterium and tritium — will fuse together, producing helium, a free neutron, and massive amounts of energy in the form of heat. If all goes to plan, about ten to one hundred times more energy than the amount used to ignite the fuel will be unleashed.

Climate Change Drives People into Harm’s Way, says UN Refugee Chief

AlertNet

As effects of climate change begin to take hold, populations in environmentally stressed areas have been driven from their homeland according to a recent United Nations report. Climate insecurity and population dislocations threaten to exacerbate existing conflicts in these vulnerable areas.

 

On Our Flashpoint Blog

U.S. Budget Uncertainty Affects Industry and Strategy

Zachary Miller

The debate in Congress regarding sequestration of the defense budget will have long-term implications on national security and military planning in the next decade. While sequestration is to begin this January, the Pentagon has failed to provide a detailed strategy or scenario on how sequestration would affect their specific operations.

America’s Role as International Climate Talks Shift Focus

Carl Grote

International climate talks have become increasingly focused on sustainable development rather than emissions regulation. As a world leader in the renewable energy industry, the U.S. should embrace the opportunity for economic growth and curbed emissions.

Drilling in the Arctic

Nicholas Cunningham

Royal Dutch Shell is set to kick off the beginning of oil exploration on one the world’s last great frontiers. With Arctic sea ice melting, new opportunities are opening up for oil, gas, and mineral exploration. There is an estimated 89 billion barrels of oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, one third of which lies off the coast of Alaska.

Budgeting for Biofuels:The Military’s Dependence on Petroleum Must be Mitigated

Robert Gardner

The volatile price of oil has incurred huge unbudgeted costs for the military, causing national security risks for the military’s operations.

In light of national security risks it has become widely agreed upon that the Department of Defense should be hedging its bets against petroleum use.

As Rio+20 Takes the International Stage, North Carolina Legislators Debate the Existence of Climate Change

Catherine Foley

The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is underway in Brazil; will any concrete plans of action come from it? As international leaders discuss renewable energy, carbon emissions reduction and plans for the future, the debate about climate change has been heating up in North Carolina.

Budgeting for Biofuels: Military Investment Could Produce a Competitive American Industry

Robert Gardner

As previously discussed in “The Military’s Dependence on Petroleum Must be Mitigated,” the US military’s reliance on petroleum for all of its liquid fuel needs poses long term national security risks. The Navy has outlined plans to mitigate these risks by investing in domestic biofuels producers.

 

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