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Playlist: Oil and jobless numbers

Katharine Crnko Jan 5, 2011

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Major oil companies are lobbying GOP congressional representatives to act in favor of off-shore drilling.

China added more than 2 million cars last year, a 29 percent increase. So how does that affect the regular U.S. driver? It’s all about the price of oil.

Airlines and online travel agents are battling over who should offer fare information, and in turn, get that money. So where does that leave the deal-loving traveler? The L.A. Times’ David Lazarus talks to Jeremy Hobson about the details.

Fatin Birol is the chief economist at the International Energy Agency. This week, Birol warns that increasing price of oil could send economic recovery efforts into a tailspin.

California Republican Representative Darrell Issa, the new chairman for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is calling for sweeping investigations into government regulation. But are his plans overstepping boundaries?

Ikea’s taken the step that everyone will have to take by 2014 — dropping incandescent light bulbs for more energy-efficient options. So what does that mean for your Ikea lamp?

The International Energy Agency says the rising cost of oil could affect the global economic recovery.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into special trading markets for red-hot tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter according to recent reports.

The payroll processor ADP says private employers added almost 300,000 jobs in December. Economist Richard DeKaser discusses that number with Jeremy Hobson.

Here are the songs we played:

  • In Christ There Is No East or West — Leo Kottke Buy
  • Who’s Keeping Time — OmidBuy
  • Baker Street — Gerry Rafferty Buy
  • Two Little Girls — Ani Difranco Buy
  • Love Jones — J DillaBuy

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