An ill wind
Geosciences Lecturer Jan Null commented for a Nov. 18 CBS News report on the likelihood of extreme weather caused by a second La Niña Pacific ocean current phenomenon in as many years. "Forecasts are for the rest of the fall and into the early winter for it to strengthen, possibly, into a weak-to-moderate La Niña," Null said. "A third of the U.S. economy is weather-sensitive, so if we can look at these patterns and see how they are going to affect the upcoming winter, as far as energy consumption, then you're able to get a heads up as far as preparedness."
Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov remarked on Vladimir Putin's expected return to the Russian presidency for a Nov. 18 Bloomberg article. Putin "likes to cast himself as a follower of Pyotr Stolypin, the powerful prime minister and economic reformer under Nicholas II" who sought to modernize pre-revolutionary Russia's economy, Tsygankov said. Putin has cast "his return to power as necessary to complete the (economic) recovery started in 2000."
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