When the Great Depression hit, many Americans were able to live off the land and wait it out. In today's sour economy, that's less of an option.
Wind, nuclear, and coal all look expensive compared to natural gas generation.
Credit ratings of national governments shouldn't be mandatory, but they affect treasury bond yields in countries that are already hurting financially.
The beleaguered nations of Europe created a program called EFSF (European Financial Stability Facility) to help sovereign debt issuers and Euro Zone banks cope with the ratings agency cuts to their debt ratings and rising interest rates. But yesterday, the S&P downgraded the EFSF itself.