Readers write about giving FERC more authority to site electrical power lines, why curbing population growth will lead to less greenhouse gas pollution, and the UN's efforts to aid in the Rwanda-Congo crisis.
US output fell 3.8 percent at the end of 2008, but exports slid at a 20 percent rate.
The government collapsed this week and banks are on life support. Icelanders are now giving the European Union another look.
The UN evacuated about 300 people Thursday but human rights groups say a humanitarian crisis is looming.
Last week's deployment of Rwandan troops to fight rebels in Congo caught the 17,000-strong UN mission by surprise.
The Nabucco pipeline, scheduled to start construction in 2010, would ship gas from the Caspian region and the Middle East.
Israeli and Palestinian officials met in Cairo Sunday in a bid to bolster the current cease-fire.