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  • America's 10 Most Polluted States Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 4:17 PM ET
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    Much progress has been made to cut pollution, but the list of most polluted states  is likely to contain the usual suspects next year and fewer improvements.

  • Louis-Dreyfus: Grain Prices to Remain Close to Highs Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 3:05 AM ET

    The world’s second-largest wheat, corn and sugar trader tells CNBC that while agricultural prices will remain high the rest of the year, the world isn't going to experience a renewed food crisis.

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    When it comes to energy policy, investors need leaders with an unwavering long-term vision.

  • Ford Could Swipe Best-Selling Car Mantle From Toyota Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    Ford Motor says its Focus small car is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping the Toyota Corolla.

  • Lessons From Hurricane Katrina Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 3:25 PM ET
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    Meteorologist Todd Gross reports Hurricane Isaac doesn't look like it will reach category 2, but that it will be a strong category 1.

  • Hurricane Isaac's Impact on Shippers Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 2:38 PM ET
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    "We don't really expect [Hurricane Isaac] to have any impact on shipping rates, or shipping stocks over the next few days," says Greg Lewis, Credit Suisse senior research analyst.

  • How Airlines Are Coping With Tropical Storm Isaac Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    For U.S. based airlines, Tropical Storm Isaac has been more of a nuisance than a major operational headache. While more than a 1,000 flights have been cancelled, there have been relatively few reports of stranded passengers stuck in airports. Credit the fact airlines have become more skilled at planning how to bring down their schedules when major storms hit the United States.

  • Tamminen: Should Wal-Mart Write America’s Energy Plan? Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 3:45 PM ET
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    Wal-Mart's efforts may be something to wmulate. The company has a stated goal of becoming 100-percent, renewable-energy powered, and its clean-energy work is done because it costs the same amount or less than business-as-usual.

  • No Spike in Natural Gas Looming: Boone Pickens Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 1:11 PM ET
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    The U.S. should continue to have a cheap energy advantage compared to the rest of the world, Boone Pickens, BP Capital founder, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.

  • GM, Isuzu Announce Recalls on Fire Scares Saturday, 18 Aug 2012 | 12:29 PM ET
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    General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches that can cause fires.

  • Who’s Benefiting From the Drought? Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 1:29 PM ET
    Jeremy Tilton fills a water tank for cattle in a pasture August 3, 2012 near Cuba, Illinois.

    While wreaking havoc on grain crops, the worst U.S. drought in a half century is providing opportunities for companies that provide and pump the most precious of commodities — water. While the drought is testing farmers and food producers, the volatility in weather patterns is giving water companies new revenue sources, as they provide solutions to the environmental challenges.

  • Gov. Quinn: This Drought Makes Us All ‘Tom Joad’ Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:49 AM ET
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    In Illinois, we’ve experienced the sixth-driest growing season on record. Of 102 counties, 100 are disaster areas, the state's governor addresses the issue of what's been done and what still needs to happen to help his state.

  • Sen. Pat Roberts: Don't Play Politics With Our Food Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:47 AM ET
    Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 17, 2012 near Fritchton, Indiana. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades.

    The Senator from Kansas writes, "We need to approve this drought assistance to ensure livestock producers can continue providing us with the most affordable and safe food supply in the world."

  • Cyr: Drought, Ethanol Mandate Equals a Big Problem Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:38 AM ET
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    As a result of a Congressional mandate passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007, over 40 percent of this year’s greatly depleted corn crop will be diverted from food and livestock, and instead be sold at the gas pump. We are trading our precious, fertile acres of farmland for a small dent in our oil usage. We are prioritizing our goal to reduce oil dependence over providing food to people.

  • Car Keys and Money

    Those consumers with subprime and deep subprime credit ratings are taking out more auto loans, but they are making up a smaller percentage of the total number of auto loans written in the U.S., and that's a good sign says one pro.

  • July Auto Sales Provide Cautious Optimism Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 10:58 AM ET
    Car Keys and Money

    July auto sales are giving economists reason for cautious optimism about the sluggish economy.

  • Ethanol 'One of the Most Hated Industries': CEO Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 3:49 PM ET
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    Green Plains Renewable Energy CEO Todd Becker talks about the challenges facing the ethanol industry.

  • Will Asia See a Repeat of the 2008 Food Scare? Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:32 AM ET
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    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

  • China Food Firms Brace for Margins Hit From US Drought Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 4:42 AM ET
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    The worst drought in U.S. history is hurting food companies in China and margins are likely to suffer in the second half of the year, even as firms battle rising wages, analysts tell CNBC.

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    With nearly two-thirds of the US enduring drought conditions, food prices are expected to jump ahead of the November election. That could add to voter anxieties about the economy, the Christian Science Monitor reports.