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Home-grown energy independence

Nov 13, 2007
The farming town of Reynolds is a potential Saudi Arabia of bio-fuel and it's looking to become energy independent. So far, it's still a big gamble, but town leaders think it will work -- if they can lure investors.
Posted In: Investing, Science

Priced out of the American Dream

Nov 13, 2007
Americans are increasingly tied down by debt -- that's nothing new. But Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren says the rising costs of bare necessities, not luxuries, might change the very nature of America.

Innovating our way out of crisis

Nov 13, 2007
Will our consumer economy eventually bury us as we deplete the Earth's resources, or will we innovate our way out of trouble? Stanford researcher Larry Goulder says it could go either way.
Posted In: Economy, Science

Taxing ourselves green

Nov 12, 2007
Commentator Robert Frank says we don't need to transform human nature to do something about global warming, we just need to change people's incentives. A global carbon tax will hit folks in the wallet, and money is always a powerful incentive.
Posted In: Taxes

Greed as a disease

Nov 12, 2007
America's consumer economy may be a symptom of a bigger illness -- and it could be killing us all. As a species, we simply don't know what to do with all this excess, says prominent UCLA researcher Dr. Peter Whybrow.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Speeding up the consumerism treadmill

Nov 12, 2007
Consumption has nearly doubled in the U.S., and fashion leads the way. One growing retail fashion chain, H&M, specializes in budget knockoffs of high-end clothing, with inventory coming in daily. Amy Scott reports from the shopping frenzy.
Posted In: Economy

Crisco: A marketing revolution

Nov 12, 2007
Crisco is a staple in many American kitchens and a must-have for homemade pies. But it's also an invented food made by chemists, and the story of how the white stuff became a must-have has become a marketing legend. Sarah Gardner reports.

A marketing battle of wants vs. needs

Nov 12, 2007
Global consumer spending has skyrocketed in the past two decades. But is advertising to blame? Do we all simply want more stuff, or do we need it for our high-speed modern lifestyles? It's a little of both, says marketing expert Kit Yarrow.
Posted In: Retail

Tess' trash tour

Nov 9, 2007
We take our trash to the curb, but where does it go after that? Tess Vigeland rides along with her neighborhood garbage man to find out.

An average family? Meet the Simpsons

Nov 9, 2007
What if everybody in the world consumed like the "average" American family? Sean Cole went in search of that family to find out how much they consume in a given week or month. He didn't have to look too far.

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