Biden’s Gas Tax Suspension Won’t Go Far

Retailers Fear No Actual Savings for Consumers President Biden looks to suspend the 18.4 cent motor fuel tax for consumers while the price is predicted to increase even more due to supply chain constraints.  Consumers may not see relief at the pump for months because refiners can’t keep up with demand during the peak summer season. …

Race to Replace Cigarettes Is Heating Up

E-cigarettes have the edge over heated tobacco among American smokers, but it isn’t guaranteed to last THE WALL STREET JOURNAL // JUNE 19, 2022   American smokers trying to quit have a choice between vapes, nicotine pouches and—a more recent introduction—heated tobacco sticks. Cigarette companies have a lot riding on which way they turn. Today,…

Heat Wave Devastates India’s Mango Harvest

Farmers see yields dropping by 70%, damaging livelihoods and pushing up prices THE WALL STREET JOURNAL // JUNE 18, 2022   A mango orchard nestled in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has passed through three generations of Deepak Kumar’s family. His grandfather planted the saplings 35 years ago and by June, the trees…

Walmart Stops Selling Cigarettes in Some Stores

After years of internal debate, Walmart is removing tobacco products from select stores in Florida, California and elsewhere THE WALL STREET JOURNAL //  MARCH 25, 2022 Walmart Inc. is ending cigarette sales in some U.S. stores after years of debate within the retail company’s leadership ranks about the sale of tobacco products, according to people…