Jeff Clyburn, Author at WhoWhatWhy

Jeff Clyburn

Vanquishing the deceivers
Nigeria, mothers

Oh, Look! Our Population Problems Are Solved

Reading Time: 3 minutes Did you hear? We’re having fewer children because we’re richer and smarter. Well, except for some faraway places, which will more than make up for it with their own population growth. But maybe that data is wrong, so we’ll be fine.

Sunset over oil rig off Huntington Beach, California

Will We Overdose on Our Oil Addiction?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Despite decades of promises by US presidents to reduce reliance on oil and gas, consumption has only increased. How did we get here, and what might it mean if the economics of oil growth are operating in the red?

Bamburger Ranch, Texas, aquifer

Land Restoration Pioneer Sets a Shining Example

Reading Time: < 1 minute Half a century ago, a former industry tycoon rolled up his sleeves and began to convert a large plot of barren land in Texas into a biodiverse habitat. His efforts now serve as an example of what individuals can do to make a difference

Paul Wellstone

In Memoriam: Paul Wellstone

Reading Time: 3 minutes A lot of attention has been given recently to Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for finally displaying acts of conscience in defiance of an increasingly erratic and reactionary White House. One former Senator who never waited around to speak out was Paul Wellstone.Wellstone was described by some as “the conscience of the Read More

Recent Shake-up in Saudi Line of Succession Fails Sniff Test

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last month, multiple news outlets reported on what appears to be a “reshuffling” in the line of succession under Saudi Arabia’s 81-year-old King Salman, whose powerful nephew was suddenly forced out as crown prince by royal decree in favor of his much younger, yet impulsive son. Now, The New York Times and Reuters have gone Read More

North Carolina

Tar Heeled: SCOTUS Tosses Gerrymandered NC Districts

Reading Time: < 1 minute When the conservatives on the US Supreme Court keep concluding that race-based gerrymandering policies were at play in red and purple states, it’s probably time to admit that, yes, racism is an ongoing factor adversely affecting our democracy. In a clear victory for black voters in the Tar Heel State, the nation’s highest court last Read More

World Economic Forum

Davos: Crises in Energy and Capitalism

Reading Time: 2 minutes Declarations from this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, sure are throwing ice cold water on the prospects of healthy global growth in the years to come.It’s the kind of sobering forecast that fervent agents of bubbled world markets are having an increasingly difficult time trying to spin.On Tuesday, Saudi Aramco’s CEO Amin Nasser Read More

John Kerry

Leaked Kerry Audio Shows Hidden Syria Backstory

Reading Time: 2 minutes It appears CNN and The New York Times gave the public a sanitized report on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Syrian opposition leaders back in September. Unlike those two media giants, Wikileaks released the full, unscrubbed audio of the 35-minute conversation this week. Included was the revelation that the White House knew Read More

Climate Aggreement

Big Oil Taking Tepid First Steps to Fight Climate Change

Reading Time: 2 minutes Apparently kicking and screaming the whole way, some of the world’s oil giants are finally taking some small steps to get on board with the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce climate-warming emissions.Chief executives of seven major producers — none of them based in the US — have agreed to join forces “to create Read More