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Swara Salih
Swara is a Research Associate focusing on US and UK politics, energy and climate change policy, and public opinion. He lives in London.

Entries by Swara Salih

The Climate Change President

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 5:29 PM

The U.S. has been slow to embrace climate change as a reality and slower to embrace climate action as a policy priority. Environmentalism more broadly struggled to take hold until the later half of the 20th century, with the publishing of major works like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring...

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Yes, This Is the 'Star Wars' Hero You're Looking For

(29) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 10:48 AM

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Force has awoken within its hero, Rey.

She is indeed a feminist triumph, even more so considering we now have a "strong female" hero in a story where other characters don't consider her strengths peculiar because...

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No More Excuses

(4) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:32 PM

We have run out of excuses to not act on climate change. While the Obama administration has set the crucial foundation for action, Congress frustratingly continues to impede initiatives at the behest of affluent coal and oil companies donating to their campaigns. These corporations more than doubled their contributions since...

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A Silver Lining for Charlie Hebdo

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 11:07 AM

It seems almost disingenuous to call anything that arose from the Charlie Hebdo attack and its ripple effects a "silver lining." What good could come out of a vicious assault on journalists that ultimately left more than a dozen dead and at least four injured? But in the past few...

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Will Offshore Wind Pick up the Speed?

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:49 PM

Offshore wind facilities could offer a cost-effective and efficient means of drawing a highly abundant source of energy for residential and commercial use. Conventional wind facilities on land, while essential for the renewable energy sector, are troubled by the intermittency of wind strength. Sometimes the wind may blow too slowly,...

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Syrian Refugees Looking for Security, in Iraq

(18) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 9:36 AM

In recent weeks, thousands of Syrian refugees have been pouring into Iraqi-Kurdistan. The Arbat Syrian Refugee Camp is one of many in northern Iraq. It is on the furthest outskirts of Sulaymaniah, and holds at least 100 Syrian-Kurdish families. Some in the camp fled not only because of the fighting,...

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The Economic Toll of Climate Change

(20) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 11:39 AM

The case Congressional Republicans are making is misguided. They argue that regulations on oil and gas companies to limit greenhouse gas emissions will make it harder for these companies' executives to hire more workers (even while they retain millions of dollars in their bank accounts). While regulations might...

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Can Shale Gas Be Safe for Us and the Environment?

(15) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 6:33 PM

Environmentalists, local communities, and civil actors maintain that hydrofracking in its current unregulated form is intolerable for our environment and public health. The process is familiar and infamous. After extractors drill a well, they pump millions of gallons of water, sand, and various chemicals into it to fracture...

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Natural Gas' Methane Leaks Damage Its Credibility

(13) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:21 PM

As the debate on the safety of natural gas production continues, Governor Cuomo's administration is in the midst of completing regulations that could lift the current ban on hydrofracking in New York and allow the natural gas industry to start developing facilities in the state. Industry officials have...

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The Promises and Challenges of Wind Power in the US

(16) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 3:28 PM

While wind energy can seem like a near-ideal solution to our environmental and energy issues, it has not been without its challenges in the United States. It has not been, so far, a major component of the energy market. At the end of 2011, total wind energy production in the...

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The Debate That Never Was

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 9:25 PM

As we approach the end of the election season, let us remember that our candidates have not presented us with all we should know about how they would deal with foreign policy as president. The debate last week lacked an in-depth, nuanced, or substantive discussion of U.S. counter-terrorism strategies, the...

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