This week in OtherWords, Bob Lord delves into the question of what it will mean when someone becomes the first trillionaire, Jill Richardson encourages everyone to adopt a low-carbon diet, and Donald Kaul shares a Christmas memory from 50 years ago in a poignant new column.

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  1. Chill the Drills in America’s Arctic / Dan Ritzman
    Northern Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the lower 48.
  2. The Trillion-Dollar Question / Bob Lord
    Unless our leaders change course, America’s wealth concentration has no limit.
  3. NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises / Manuel Perez-Rocha
    The trade deal has become an engine of poverty in Mexico.
  4. She Knew I Would Make It / Donald Kaul
    Every Christmas season brings me back to a decisive moment in my career.
  5. This Low-Carb Diet Is Good for You and the Planet / Jill Richardson
    Can you resolve to reduce your fossil-fuel consumption by eating fewer animal products?
  6. Geithner Gets a Perch on Wall Street / Jim Hightower
    The former Treasury Secretary is proof the Washington-to-Wall-Street revolving door serves the interests of bankers, not the public.
  7. Winning and Losing the ‘Great Game’ at the Same Time / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    China is content to let the United States spend itself into military-induced bankruptcy as the Soviets did.
  8. How to Become a Billionaire / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    How to Become a Billionaire, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    How to Become a Billionaire, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco

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