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Green energy could cost more to feed

Apr 29, 2008
In Europe, utilities pay people who provide green energy for the power grid. But everyone else foots the bill for those payments. There's talk about doing the same thing in the U.S. Can Americans afford another surcharge on their energy bills? Lisa Desai reports.

Texas gov seeks relief on ethanol rules

Apr 25, 2008
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is asking the Bush administration to waive some federal requirements for renewable fuels that he says are hurting his state and adding to rising food prices. Kai Ryssdal gets reaction from Joseph Romm of the Center for American Progress.

Tight economy could curb urban sprawl

Apr 25, 2008
Higher gas prices and living expenses are cutting into the pros of living outside an urban area and commuting in to work. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on how the economic downturn might affect urban sprawl.
Posted In: Economy

Rice crisis is 'as bad as it has ever been'

Apr 23, 2008
The price of rice is up 146% over a year ago. It's become expensive for Americans and dangerously scarce for the world's poorest consumers. Public policy professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen talks with Kai Ryssdal about the scarcity of the world's main grain.

Buying green to avert global warming is like #%*&ing for chastity

Apr 22, 2008
Michael Pollan's latest piece in the New York Times Magazine, "Why Bother?" tells us why we should bother....
Posted In: buying green, gardening, Michael Pollan

Water worries in rural communities

Apr 22, 2008
In Washington today, small-town water suppliers compete in an annual taste test. Sam Eaton from Marketplace's Sustainability Desk reports that the real battle in many rural communities is dealing with polluted sources.

Cost of emission caps questioned

Apr 21, 2008
A report out today counters criticism that capping greenhouse gas emissions will be tough on the U.S. economy. The Environmental Defense Fund bases its findings on several other reports. Sam Eaton explains.

States want leeway with CO2 curbs

Apr 18, 2008
The EPA has denied 17 state plans to curb CO2 emissions, saying separate plans would create confusion. Governors are meeting at Yale today to press the federal government to act on climate change.

Farm bill delayed as food costs soar

Apr 17, 2008
Congress has put off a farm bill for two weeks, after it couldn't agree on how to pay its $280 billion price tag. Beyond the cost, there's the issue of subsidies leading to more political liability as food prices keep rising. Sam Eaton reports.

Bush outlines climate change strategy

Apr 16, 2008
President Bush announces his non-binding goal to cut greenhouse emissions today, while Congress debates its climate legislation. Does either go far enough? Sam Eaton, from the Marketplace Sustainability Desk, reports.

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