At a 180-nation climate change conference in Kenya, the US is accused of stalling progress to curb climate change. Will the new Democratic majorities try to change American policy? Will it matter if China and India don't go along? Plus, key senators dismiss new Bush bid for UN Ambassador Bolton, and Earl Warren, the bipartisan politician who unified the US Supreme Court.
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A British study predicts disruption comparable to world wars and depressions unless there's immediate action to curb climate change. This week in Kenya, 180 nations are trying to agree on timetables. On Capitol Hill, James Inhofe calls global warming "the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people." California Democrat Barbara Boxer, who’ll replace the Oklahoma Republican next year as chair of a key senate committee, urges that "time is running out and we need to move forward.” She'll propose new laws to set limits on greenhouse gases. Is American policy in for a change? If China and India don't get on board, will it make any difference?
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post national affairs correspondent (@eilperin)
Andrew Revkin, ProPublica (@Revkin)
James Connaughton, Constellation Energy
David Montgomery, Vice President of Environmental Issues at CRA International
This week’s elections have produced a divided government, but politicians of both parties are saying what voters really want is bipartisanship. The US Supreme Court is also divided, with power going to those justices who become swing votes on abortion, property rights and other controversial issues. A figure from the last century may provide a model for America’s future. In 1946, Earl Warren was elected Governor of California with the nominations of both the Republican and Democratic parties. As Chief Justice in 1954, he united a notoriously divided US Supreme Court to end racial segregation in public schools. Jim Newton is author of the new biography Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made.
Rhode Island’s defeated Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee will help block President Bush’s request to confirm John Bolton as Ambassador to the UN. Chafee says, “At this late stage in my term, I’m not going to endorse something the American people have spoken out against.”
Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic correspondent for Reuters
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
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