Talking Points: Energy, Loans, IRS

Energy, Loans, IRS

The energy used in our digital consumption is set to have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry. The Guardian, July 17, 2018

Personal loans surged to a record this year and are now the fastest-growing U.S. consumer-lending category. Outstanding balances soared 18% to a record $120 billion. Fortune, July 13, 2018

Jackson, Wyoming has 27 parking spots for every household in the city. Seattle has 5.2 spaces, Philadelphia has 3.7 and the city of New York has less than one. Citylab, July 24, 2018

According to the latest data from the IRS, which looked at income from the tax year 2015, to be a top 1 percenter, you needed to have an adjusted gross income of at least $480,930. To be part of the top 0.1%, your adjusted gross income needed to be at least $2.2 million. Entry to the top 0.01%, required adjusted gross income of $11.9 million or more. CNBC, July 20, 2018

In 2017, the United States had its lowest birth rate in 30 years. NPR, May 17, 2018

According to the IMF, inflation in Venezuela could exceed one million percent by the end of the year. In March, the Venezuelan president ordered that three zeroes be knocked off the denominations of the bolivar, the country’s currency. Time, July 24, 2018

“If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends, talk to your enemies.” Desmond Tutu

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