Aug 24, 2017

08/24/2017: Renewable energy isn’t what’s holding back coal

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A new report shows that the main cause of plant closures isn't wind or solar energy — it's natural gas. On today's show, we'll look at why this energy source is such a threat and where policy goes from here.…

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The NFL looks to China for a few hundred million fans

Aug 24, 2017
The NFL this week said it was partnering with Chinese tech giant Tencent — which attracts more than a billion users to its platforms, including social network WeChat — to build its base of football fans in China as U.S.…

To cool down city streets, Los Angeles is painting them gray

Aug 24, 2017
Los Angeles is testing out cool pavements on about a dozen blocks around the city.
A stretch of Coronado St. in Los Angeles is one of 15 blocks that is piloting a cool pavement.
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CEO switch up at Chevron is expected

Aug 24, 2017
Chevron CEO John Watson is likely to step down soon, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. If there is a switch up at Chevron, it’s not because of losses. Chevron continues to outperform competitors in a turbulent time. A new…

08/24/2017: America's AAA credit rating is at risk

Aug 24, 2017
We've had federal government shutdowns and we've bumped into the federal borrowing limit, but now there's danger of both happening at the same time. Economist Julia Coronado MacroPolicy Perspectives joins us to talk about the issue, along with the state…

Deals like Amazon-Whole Foods are a "new territory" for the Federal Trade Commission

Aug 24, 2017
The Amazon-Whole Foods deal is shaking up the retail industry.
A view of a Whole Foods market in New York.
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Flared natural gas burns off at Apache Corporation's operations at the Deadwood natural gas plant in Garden City, Texas. 
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A new report shows that the main cause of plant closures isn’t wind or solar energy — it’s natural gas. On today’s show, we’ll look at why this energy source is such a threat and where policy goes from here. Afterwards, we’ll discuss NFL’s deal with Chinese internet giant Tencent to stream its games in China, and then talk about how Britain’s “Corn Laws” from the 19th century are playing a role in Brexit negotiations. 

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