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What We Read Today 30 January 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Note:  Today's post is shorter than usual as the editor has been celebrating his birthday.

Topics today include:

  • Invest in Sectors Where the Jobs Will Be

  • Sources of U.S. Primary Energy Production

  • Share of Renewables in Global Electricity Production

  • U.S. Has Third World Standing for Use of Renewable Energy Sources

  • U.S. Diplomats Prepare Protest Memo to Send to the President

  • Trump Faces Issues with European Alliances

  • Quebec Police Hold University Student for Mosque Massacre

  • And More

Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world


The U.S.-European alliance — for decades the cornerstone of global security — has long rested on shared values and interests. But with Donald Trump’s ascendance in Washington, many in Europe fear a values gap as wide as the Atlantic.

Europe’s many alliances, reimagined as a metro system ]

Trump’s statements on climate change, torture, Muslim immigration, the rule of law, democracy promotion, press freedom, nuclear proliferation and a whole host of other issues run counter to beliefs that many European leaders see as core to Western identity.

Since Trump’s election, European officials have tried to paper over those differences, pointing to interests that both sides of the transatlantic partnership continue to share. But that may not be enough, and the bonds linking Europe to the United States are sure to be tested.

Nonetheless, Europe’s willingness to challenge Trump may be limited by the continent’s own struggles. Europe is divided internally in a way not seen since the Berlin Wall came down. And leaders are acutely aware that the populist wave that brought Trump to power is crashing down on their shores, as well.

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  • Quebec mosque shooting suspect in custody (BBC News)  Police say one person is being treated as a suspect in a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada.  Sunday's attack on the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre left six people dead, five people in a critical condition and 12 others injured. Police detained two men following the shooting, but said one of them was being treated as a witness.

Other Scientific, Health, Political, Economics, and Business Items of Note - plus Miscellanea

  • Efforts to curve global warming will continue to be made and escalate in the U.S. and across the globe.

  • Drone technology is being adapted for new applications.

  • Artificial intelligence is forecast to be $16 billion dollar market by 2022.

  • U.S. Primary Energy Production (U.S. Energy Information Agency)  About 10% of total U.S. energy came from renewable sources (including hydro) in 2015.  Nuclear was 8% and fossil fuels 79%.  Total of these is 98% so 2% apparently came from other unspecified sources.

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