Donald Trump Says He's Willing to Go to War on Behalf of Saudi Arabia Because 'Saudi Arabia Pays Cash'
George Conway Jokingly Takes a Sharpie to the Constitution After Trump Threatens War on Behalf of Saudi Arabia
After a missile attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities sent crude oil prices skyrocketing, President Donald Trump tweeted that the United States was "locked and loaded" and awaiting instructions from Saudi Arabia to retaliate against the culprit, which many believe to be Iran.
For some time, few people took the notion of an electric bus seriously. In 2011, Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD Co. revealed an early model at an industry conference in Belgium, and was met with laughter.
Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD in Europe, remembered the laughter from that day directed at BYD for “making a toy,” but continued, “And look now. Everyone has one.”
Exxon Mobil has asked the Trump administration for a waiver excluding them from Russian sanctions. They would use the waiver to continue with plans to work with the Russian government oil company, Rosneft, to drill in the Black Sea.
The request is raising questions. The original project began back when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the CEO of Exxon Mobil. During his tenure as CEO, Tillerson received the Russian Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin for his role in forging the agreement.
President Barack Obama announced yesterday what he called a permanent ban on new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans in a bold move to preserve an environmental legacy that cannot be so quickly undone by Donald Trump, his successor. The announcement would ban offshore drilling in roughly 98 percent of federally owned Arctic waters (about 115 million acres), an area home to endangered species including polar bears and bowhead whales. The block would also protect 3.8 million acres of coral canyons off the Atlantic Coast which stretch from Norfolk, Virginia, to the Canadian border and protect unique deepwater coral and rare species of fish.
Obama invoked an obscure provision of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, a 1953 law which permits him to act unilaterally––legal experts expressed confidence that the ban will withstand legal challenges by the incoming administration. (The president-elect has claimed that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, has openly derided Obama's environmental regulations, and has made fossil fuel mining and oil drilling a cornerstone of his economic program.)
For the first time ever, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a seismic hazard forecast that includes human-induced earthquakes. The new report shows that 7 million people in states across the central and southern U.S., a region not historically associated with seismic activity, are at risk of a damaging earthquake. Dangerous earthquakes are now just as likely to hit northwest Oklahoma as they are Monterey, California, which lies along the infamous San Andreas Fault.
Historically, restricting funds has proven one of the most effective tactics in the war on terror. In past efforts, the global community has imposed economic sanctions, trade restrictions, and even legal judgments to reign in the funding of terrorist organizations. In 1983, Iran was subject to a $2.65 billion default judgment after funding a 1983 terrorist attack on American service members in Beirut. And in 2009, the U.S. sought to cut off funding from al-Qaeda and the Taliban by barring them from the international banking system, cutting it off from private funding.