FROM John Coequyt
Do Biofuels Cause More Problems than They Solve? The rush is on for biofuels to end dependence on oil, help solve global warming and create jobs for the rural poor. In America's corn-belt, especially in Iowa, there's a rush to produce ethanol. States and the federal government are providing incentives, including subsidies, for fuels derived from agricultural products. But a new UN report says the benefits of biofuels-including ethanol-may be offset by environmental damage, and there is growing concern about their impact on the price of food. We examine the pros and cons of energy from agricultural products. Is it really cleaner and cheaper? Is the US moving too fast?
Russia's Aggression in Syria Changes the Dynamics As Russia continues to bombard Syria, it's still targeting enemies of President Assad but not America's enemy ISIS. Has Vladimir Putin scored a lasting victory or created what could be as much a quagmire for Russia as it is for the US?