Ethanol has largely fizzled here in the US. But in Brazil, people have been driving their cars for years powered only by sugarcane ethanol. In recent years though, ethanol in Brazil has hit a speed bump.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with energy analyst and author Michael Klare about the global appetite energy economy; Klare's new books is titled, "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.ï¿½
Commodity exports have soared in recent years and they've helped cushion Latin America from much of the global downturn. But many countries including Argentina are still vulnerable. Ian Mount sent us this report from Buenos Aires.
Until recently, investors from the oil-rich Persian Gulf region were buying up shares in big U.S. companies like Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. Not now. Reporter Ben Gilbert tells us why Persian Gulf investors are keeping their cash at home.
French pickles known as "cornichons" are quintessentially French. But these days, most of the cucumbers for cornichons come from India. And that's giving the French an identity crisis, as Anita Elash reports.