America’s Business rings in the New Year with several timely and interesting interviews. Agriculture Secretary and former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer joins host Mike Hambrick to talk about renewable fuels and alternative energy and what an important role they will play in the future.
“Well, I’m excited about alternative fuels,” Secretary Schafer says. “The bio-fuels, the bio-mass – that is very important for us and it increases economic activity in rural areas like you can’t imagine. And again, moves us towards that energy independence and it’s better for the environment.”
Atlantic Monthly international correspondent James Fallows, a frequent guest of the program, returns to talk about his most recent article, “Be Nice to the Countries That Lend You Money.” He’s referring to China, which holds $1.4 billion dollars of the U.S. debt. This has invariably linked these two countries financially in more ways than expected.
Despite the tough recession, many American manufacturers are finding ways to survive and prosper. One such company is Ariens Corporation. Dan Ariens, President and CEO, is on the program this week to explain how they have been able to move ahead.
In October, President Bush signed the PRO-IP bill into law, a comprehensive intellectually property rights laws. Passage was a big victory for the NAM, which led the charge to make intellectual property rights more secure for America’s innovators. This week one of the bill’s fathers, Rick Cotton, General Counsel at NBC, is here to explain why this bill was a success and where improvements can still be made.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”