Vinod Khosla, a Silicon Valley legend, is leading the venture capital rush into replacements for gasoline: biofuels made from corn and rougher stuff like switchgrass. But if prices fall and political subsidies vanish, the bubble may burst.
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Wednesday’s announcement of new U.S. sanctions creates the impression of action—but it probably won’t actually help those who are dying in Sudan.
The World Bank needs strong leadership, not timidity.
Simple steps can prevent identity theft.
An Australian firm’s decision to go public raises some fascinating questions.
A study of recent investment flows says that being a democracy may actually make it harder for a developing country to attract capital from abroad.
Wednesday’s legislation on fuel price “gouging” was an odd moment for Democrats. If they really care about global warming, they should be glad to see gas prices go up.
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Once apprenticed to a bookie, Justin Wolfers of Wharton now draws economic insight from the behavior of gamblers.
Center-right leader Angela Merkel is missing an opportunity. She should take a cue from her left-of-center predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, particularly on labor market reforms.
It may be everywhere, but it’s scarce as well. How to use water most efficiently? Roger Bate finds the solution in a nation undergoing the worst drought in 1,000 years: Australia.
It’s not just a western obsession: Beijing really is ramping up diplomatic engagement all over the world.
Mauro De Lorenzo explains how China erodes international agencies’ influence in the developing world.
Rush Holt’s bill, which was recently approved by a House committee, would be a big improvement.
Free trade among the fifty states may account for much of the U.S. productivity advantage over Canada.
The temptation to deny scientific truths is timeless—and dangerous.
Cheap and abundant, coal is the energy that powers China’s economy, writes Rowan Callick. But it also may be the world’s worst environmental problem.
A $40 billion dollar industry, by any other name, might not smell as sweet.