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Exxon -- one of the world's most powerful oil companies -- knew for decades that the use of its products was warming Earth's climate. At the same time, Exxon was funding climate change deniers, who were influential in resisting limits on the burning of fossil fuels. Accused of hiding the truth for profit, Exxon says all its records are open.

Later on today's program, the Presidents of Mainland China and the Chinese Republic of Taiwan are set to make history this weekend -- with the first meeting of two Chinas since Mao Zedong drove Chiang Kai-shek off the mainland in 1949. We get an assessment.

Photo: Minale Tattersfield

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

Election 2015: Low Voter Turnout and Conservative Victories 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Conservatives won some big victories in yesterday’s elections, upsetting the Democratic candidate in Kentucky who was leading in some polls, and defeating marijuana legalization in Ohio and an Equal Rights Ordinance in Houston. In almost all cases the turnout was very low. Reid Wilson is chief political correspondent for the Morning Consult.

Guests:
Reid Wilson, The Hill (@PoliticsReid)

Did Exxon Deceive the World about Global Warming? 34 MIN, 21 SEC

For decades, scientists at Exxon knew the Earth's climate was warming, and the oil giant made business decisions based on their predictions. But in 1990, the company began funding deniers of climate science, and their reports persuaded policy makers to resist limits on the burning of fossil fuels. Now, Exxon's accused of deliberate deception for profit — leaving the world less prepared than it might have been for oncoming disaster. Democrats and activists want an investigation of fraud — but there's a problem. The records are an open book. Exxon never kept anything secret.

Guests:
Neela Banerjee, Insight Climate News (@neelaeast)
Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal (@HolmanJenkins)
Carroll Muffett, Center for International Environmental Law (@ciel_tweets)
Simon Winchester, Journalist, geologist and author (@simonwwriter)

More:
Banerjee on emails showing Exxon was studying its climate impact in the 80's
Jenkins on how climate warriors keep returning to the same whipping boy
California congressman calling for probe into Exxon science, PR on climate change

Pacific

Simon Winchester

Taiwan's President Meets China's President for the First Time Ever 9 MIN, 1 SEC

Leaders of Taiwan and Mainland China had a surprise today for the rest of the world. They're about to meet — for the first time in history. In 1949, Mao Zedong's Communist forces defeated Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-sheck, who established the island of Taiwan as his capital. There have been "Two Chinas" ever since. Saturday, the Presidents of those countries have agreed to a meeting in Singapore. Peter Navarro is a professor at the University of California at Irvine and author of the recent book, Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World.


Photo: (L-R) President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan (Jiang) and President Xi Jinping of Mainland China (Erin Kirk-Cuomo)

Guests:
Peter Navarro, University of California, Irvine

Crouching Tiger

Peter Navarro

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