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AEI Tuesday afternoon links 1. Chart of the Day I (above) shows the cumulative gender college degree gap since 1982. Over the last 37 years, women have earned 13.7 million more college degrees in the US than men, and 6.1 million more bachelor’s degrees. It’s perhaps the most remarkable academic success story in US history. And yet colleges and universities continue to pretend that women are so inferior to men academically that they need a disproportionate share of campus resources including women’s centers and women’s commissions, and female-only scholarships, fellowships, initiatives, awards, clubs, and camps. 2. Chart of the Day II (above) shows that America’s net petroleum imports through July of this year are at a 70-year low of only 5.7%, down from a peak of 60.3% in 2005.

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Tuesday afternoon links - Publications – AEI

1. Chart of the Day I (above) shows the cumulative gender college degree gap since 1982. Over the last 37 years, women have earned 13.7 million more college degrees in the US than men, and 6.1 million more bachelor’s degrees. It’s perhaps the most remarkable academic success story in US history. And yet colleges and universities continue to pretend that women are so inferior to men academically that they need a disproportionate share of campus resources including women’s centers and women’s commissions, and female-only scholarships, fellowships, initiatives, awards, clubs, and camps.

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2. Chart of the Day II (above) shows that America’s net petroleum imports through July of this year are at a 70-year low of only 5.7%, down from a peak of 60.3% in 2005. #SaudiAmerica

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Tuesday afternoon links - Publications – AEI

3. Chart of the Day III (above) shows US energy consumption as a share of US energy production, which reached a 61-year this year (through May) of 98.5%, the highest level of energy self-sufficiency for America since 1958.

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4. Quotation of the Day I from Charles Lane’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post “The Gulf crisis would be scarier yet if anti-fracking Democrats had their way“:

The destructive strike on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities on Saturday, almost certainly carried out by or on behalf of Iran, brings the Middle East a step closer to general war. The long-anticipated test of President Trump’s crisis-management skills might be at hand. It’s a scary thought. Here’s an even scarier one: Suppose the United States reached this moment without ever having taken advantage of the innovative oil and gas production technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which enabled drillers to free up previously inaccessible hydrocarbons from shale formations in North Dakota and Texas, among other places.

Fracking is a strategic U.S. asset that tips the balance against a wider Middle East war, though obviously such a catastrophe might come anyway. Which brings us to the Democratic candidates who have been calling for a ban on fracking, due to environmental concerns. A fracking ban surely ranks as one of the most irresponsible promises of the campaign so far, and it would be a terrible idea even if the situation in the Middle East had not just reminded us of fracking’s strategic benefits.

5. Inconvenient Climate Fact of the Day I: Over the last 100 years, the US Climate is Getting Milder and less extreme, with fewer very cold nights and fewer very hot days.

6. Inconvenient Climate Fact of the Day II: 100 Years Of US Cooling — Average maximum temperatures in the US have declined sharply over the last century since 1908.

7. U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz. How much do you know about religion? And how do you compare with the average American? Take Pew Research Center’s 15-question quiz and see how you do in comparison with 11,000 randomly sampled adults whose average score was less than 50%!

8. Who’d a-Thunk It? Democrats love school choice, except when they’re running for president?

Couldn’t have anything to do with securing the backing of teachers’ unions, which are fervently against giving parents the choice of taking their children out of failing public schools, could it? Also important to note that school choice has a 73% approval rating among the public.

9. Nanny State Alert, from the Babylon Bee (satire): “New Radar System Alerts Politicians When People Are Enjoying Something So They Can Ban It.”

10. Video of the Day (below) featuring John Stossel (“Life is Getting Better“) on how our lives are healthier, richer, and safer, while most media make people think life gets worse.

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Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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