Feb 23, 2017

02/23/2017: The Mexican energy industry has a long road ahead

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Just because foreign companies can now invest in Mexico’s state-owned energy agency Pemex, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will. Seventy-five years of monopoly bred messy finances, debt, nepotism and corruption. But it’s too big an opportunity for some to pass up, and we’ll likely see U.S. companies involved with Pemex’s modernization. Next, our sustainability desk visits tech startups that are figuring out better places to put carbon dioxide than into the air and some of their solutions make pretty useful products. Plus, the coal conversation continues with an update from Wyoming.

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Changing carbon from waste into gold

Feb 23, 2017
Could monetizing carbon emissions drive the fight against climate change?
The limestone rocks pictured here were created from carbon dioxide. The raw material costs a few dollars per ton but sells for $70 to $100 a ton once it’s been manufactured.
Jed Kim/Marketplace

Mexico's energy reform and Pemex both face challenges

Feb 23, 2017
Foreign companies have been invited into the energy market, but problems with Pemex deter investment.
A Pemex gas station in front of Pemex headquarters in Mexico City. The state-owned agency is dealing with several challenges as it participates in Mexico's deregulated energy market.
Lorne Matalon

What it would take to spur U.S. growth to 3 percent or more

Feb 23, 2017
The Trump Administration predicts its policies will drive economic growth up to 3 percent or higher. We take a look at what it would take to get there.
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Get ready for a huge deficit hike

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Feb 23, 2017
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration will have a proposed tax plan completed by August. Based on campaign promises, its broad outlines will include a substantial cut to corporate taxes and perhaps reductions in individual taxes. Whatever the details, the plan will almost certainly blow up the federal deficit, and that has big […]

Imagining the future of coal in Gillette, Wyoming

Feb 23, 2017
As the energy market dwindles, some are finding new uses for coal.
In Gillette, Wyoming, Atlas Carbon is finding new uses for coal.
Hayley Hershman / Marketplace

McDonald's to offer soda for a dollar as customer numbers continue to decline

Feb 23, 2017
McDonald’s is slashing drink prices. Starting in April, you can get any size soda for a buck and drinks like smoothies and frappes for $2. It’s the latest in a number of promotions — from all-day breakfast to three sizes of Big Mac — to keep customers coming back in a time of increased competition. Stories […]

Political newcomers eye running for office

Feb 23, 2017
Groups like She Should Run and Run for Something help potential candidates parlay leadership skills into public service.
Staff members meet at She Should Run, a nonprofit that encourages women to run for office.
Kimberly Adams/Marketplace

Just because foreign companies can now invest in Mexico’s state-owned energy agency Pemex, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will. Seventy-five years of monopoly bred messy finances, debt, nepotism and corruption. But it’s too big an opportunity for some to pass up, and we’ll likely see U.S. companies involved with Pemex’s modernization. Next, our sustainability desk visits tech startups that are figuring out better places to put carbon dioxide than into the air and some of their solutions make pretty useful products. Plus, the coal conversation continues with an update from Wyoming.

Music from the episode

Love Myself Hailee Steinfeld
I Got 5 On It (Tethered Mix from US) Michael Abels, Luniz, Michael Marshall
Stolen Dance Milky Chance
I'm Sorry We Lied Blood Orange