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October 21st, 2011
10:51 AM ET

World population set to hit seven billion

The world is about to reach an important milestone – by the end of this month, the global population is expected to hit seven billion.  However, the burgeoning global population puts a great deal of pressure on the planet.

In the years ahead, countries around the world could face some serious challenges in terms of food, energy consumption, and the environment.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans sits down with economist Jeffrey Sachs, author of The Price of Civilization, to explain what countries are most at risk and to discuss his biggest concerns about the growing population.

Filed under: Energy • Environment
October 10th, 2011
12:39 PM ET

The future of the world's oil, and why finding another fuel source is critical

The future course of the global economy remains highly uncertain. And the "fuel" that runs that economy – oil – has seen prices fluctuate dramatically within the past year. The price of oil has dropped from over $30 a barrel over the last five months – even as the Arab Spring continues to destabilize the oil-rich Middle East.

On American Morning this morning, Christine Romans talks with Daniel Yergin, author of "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World," to get his take on why oil prices have been so volatile – and why the United States urgently needs to diversify its energy supply.

Filed under: Energy • Oil
May 12th, 2011
06:02 AM ET

Will cutting subsidies to big oil lower the price of gas?

Gas prices are hovering around $4 across the country today, while oil company executives are in Washington getting grilled over tax breaks.

Senate Democrats opened debate Wednesday on legislation to cut $21 billion in tax subsidies from big oil companies and use the money to reduce the federal debt. The bill targets the five biggest oil companies: ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP and Chevron. The chief executive officers of those companies - which have reported large profits - have been summoned to testify before a Democratic-controlled Senate committee Thursday.

AM asks you, do you believe cutting subsidies to big oil will lower the price of gas? We may choose your response to read on air. And, stay tuned into American Morning, we'll talk to Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard at 7:45a ET.

Filed under: AM Asks • Energy
April 20th, 2011
08:58 AM ET

Inkley: 'This impact could last for many, many years'

Wednesday marks one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

11 workers were killed in the explosion and 200 million gallons of oil were released into the surrounding environment. So, what is the state of the Gulf Coast one year after the devastation began?

American Morning speaks to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, about the state of the Gulf Coast one year after the spill.

Filed under: Energy • Environment • Oil Spill • U.S.
April 20th, 2011
07:08 AM ET

Still a lot of uncertainty in Gulf Coast one year after oil spill

Dean Blanchard, a 25-year veteran of the seafood business, is the President of Dean Blanchard Seafood Inc. and was hit hard by last year's oil spill.

American Morning spoke with Blanchard in the wake of the oil spill and catches up with Blanchard one year later.

Filed under: Energy • Environment • Oil Spill • U.S.
March 31st, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Could natural gas be the answer to America's call for clean, safe energy?

Amid safety and health concerns brought to light by the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the push for a nuclear energy renaissance in the United States has waned.

As a result, Americans are looking for other sources of clean, cheap energy, and some people are pointing to shale gas as the solution. A clean and cheap fuel, many are touting shale as the transitional fuel to renewable energy; however, critics say the process of drilling for shale gas is dangerous.

Bryan Walsh talks to Christine Romans about his latest article, "The Gas Dilemma", and the debate over natural gas.

Filed under: Energy • U.S.
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