FROM Richard Alley
Big Oil and Other Industries Shift Gears on Climate Change Four years ago, the fossil-fuel lobby helped to beat back President Obama's proposed cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse emissions. Exxon Mobil, America's most profitable company, led the way in global warming denial. Times have changed and Exxon Mobil is beginning to sound more like Al Gore. The oil giant would even be willing to pay a tax on carbon emissions. Other oil companies would too, along with Walmart, DuPont and General Electric. They're now in direct opposition to former Republican and Tea Party allies, at a time of warnings that climate disasters could be "sudden and unexpected." Would a carbon tax help to slow global warming? What would it mean for company profits and the cost of living?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?