These days, we often read headlines about the need to reduce dependence on foreign oil and to lower greenhouse gas emissions to minimize the expected impact on climate change. We also see prices going up for gas, home heating oil, electricity and water. These higher prices don’t just hit us on the home front. They also mean increases in the cost of preparing, manufacturing and shipping raw materials as well as finished goods, which influences the costs of the products companies make and consumers buy.

 

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