Scorching Heat Wave, Energy Use and Conservation

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Last week, 164 people died from extreme heat in California. This week's heat wave has caused fatalities and power outages in the eastern states of America. Though a cold wave might push temperatures down into the 80's tonight, increased demand for electricity means that energy supplies will be strained for a long time to come. Climatologists warn about global warming, and many energy experts say that America's way of life will increase demand for electricity. The world's biggest retailer shocked its critics by welcoming Al Gore to lecture about the environment. Wal-Mart is going green. Is conservation good business for big companies that depend on increased consumption? Is America's current lifestyle sustainable? We speak with journalists, and sustainability and energy experts, including a former Energy Department official.
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Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Iraq, Afghanistan and war on terrorism


Wal-Mart on the impact of its

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth

Cambridge Energy Research Associates' article about pressure on electric power as result of current heat wave

Israel on Hezbollah

Greenberg's article on Israel battling Hezbollah, UN negotiations for cease-fire

Pape's New York Times op-ed piece on Israel's misreading of Hezbollah

Al Jazeera on Hezbollah attack, Nasrallah's response



Warren Olney