Fracking for oil and natural gas is transforming the way America powers its economy. The flood of low-priced natural gas has undercut new nuclear plants and nudged utilities to pull the plug on old ones. Cheap gas also has stolen market share from coal and also hit renewable sources of power such as wind and solar. Now the fracking bonanza is spreading to China and beyond. With the US poised to become the world’s largest petroleum producer in a few years the world’s new energy equation could undermine OPEC and profoundly alter the geopolitical balance of power. Russell Gold’s new book “The Boom” illustrates Texas oilmen and Oklahoma wildcatters who developed and perfected hydraulic fracturing technology that ushered in a new era of American industry. In this video, Gold gives a brief history of the origins of fracking, and how the industry got to where it is today. Speaker: Russell Gold, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Author, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World This program was recorded before a live audience on April 1, 2014.
Future economic growth has been seriously affected by the scars of the financial crisis, says IMF head Christine Lagarde. But, she says, “the new mediocre” can be avoided with the right steps.Judy Woodruff interviews LaGarde about reforming the Greek economy, how aging countries can tap labor potential and China’s efforts to a create a bank to fund infrastructure in developing countries.
The Story of Stuff – Consumerism, Capitalism, & Environment in America [HD] [Full Video] – Consumerism, Capitalism, Environmental Destruction, and what you can do to make the global economy more efficient and less wasteful!
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AKA “How To Avoid Being Fooled at the Supermarket” This excellent British documentary details a number of food deceptions and flat out lies used in supermarkets and food production to make foods look and taste better and fresher than it really is.
Some scenes in the video may be disturbing to some viewers with some mild scenes of animal cruelty.
Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. Wikileaks has released another bombshell – this time publishing a portion of text from the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership. Now that the text is out in the open – will lawmakers in Washington finally realize how devastating the TPP is to the American economy?
My guest for tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds is one of the world’s leading political scientists. Currently the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University – Robert D. Putnam, who has been called “the most influential academic in the world.” He has advised three U.S. presidents – and has won a number of distinguished awards. Professor Putnam’s 2000 book Bowling Alone is considered a classic of its kind – an was a national besteller. His new book – “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” – is a fascinating and challenging look at our nation’s deep crisis of opportunity.
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