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Our Whaling Dilemma

By Jeffrey Kim Published October 27, 2016

Although whaling is a venture that spans hundreds of years, its damage to the endangered population combined with technological advances demonstrate the necessity to comprehensively prohibit this industry from continuing its bloody work. Despite the creation of the International Whaling Commission and a subsequent ban on commercial whaling in 1986, Japan and Norway maintain their whaling convention. Concurrently, environmental factors such as climate change increase the rigors of surviving in the ocean. Consequentially, the US must put economic pressure on these countries in order to preserve these majestic ocean creatures.

Overfishing: The Plight of Marine Sustenance

By Jeffrey Kim Published October 2, 2016

While hunting as many fish as possible continues to be a lucrative practice, overfishing contributes to the ongoing loss of marine life, endangers the sustainability of our marine food supply, and damages our economy. Therefore, we must limit fishing subsidies in order to inhibit such practices. Although the oceans may seem vast and invulnerable to human activity, both marine and human life suffer due to the negative externalities of overfishing. Accordingly, the US government must deter fishing corporations from engaging in adverse practices for short term economic gain.

Fuel Efficiency: Moving Forward or Not Moving at All?

By Jeffrey Kim Published March 23, 2016

Although the Obama administration had set out to reduce auto pollution and drive up gas mileage with its stringent fuel efficiency standards, backlash from the automobile industry has thwarted the administration from achieving its goals. While the policy seems to have lost its influence, there are several steps that could remedy the situation.