Water and Blues: Texas Flood

Water and Blues: Texas Flood

Last summer, the state of Texas was in the middle of a severe drought. Heavy rains and tornadoes over the recent Memorial Day weekend, however, have saturated the ground and caused flooding across much of the north and eastern part of the state. Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and parts of Kansas have all experienced record […]

After the Disaster

After the Disaster

As long as there has been nature there have been natural disasters. They can strike in an instant, leaving in its wake of devastation that can take months and even years to clean up. Luckily, we live in a country with the fundamental capabilities to support its citizens in crisis. Those not able to help […]

More Upheaval in Egypt’s Government

More Upheaval in Egypt’s Government

Last summer, btw reported on the appointment of Egypt’s Interim President following the ouster of former President Mohmmed Morsi. At that time, Hazem Beblawi was also made temporary prime minister. While the county’s president holds most of the government’s powers, the prime minister handles the day-to-day affairs of the economy. Last week, Beblawski resigned abruptly and […]

Measuring Risk and Reward of Drilling in the Arctic

Measuring Risk and Reward of Drilling in the Arctic

The long-running national debate over our dependence on non-renewable energy such as oil, natural gas and coal is not likely to end soon. While industry experts and lawmakers disagree over the severity of the problem and potential solutions, the reality remains that our supply of fossil fuels cannot possibly keep up with the growing demand […]

Looking Back at Two Decades of NAFTA

Looking Back at Two Decades of NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a treaty (like a formal contract) that was signed into law by the leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada in 1994. It was created to increase trade between the three North American nations by lowering (and finally eliminating) trade barriers. Those barriers were mostly duty […]