Cold Water Hits Global Warming Agreements
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Not just two but three kinds of countries are negotiating in Copenhagen. There are the rich, the poor and the in-between, like China, India and Brazil — countries that are becoming major polluters as they fight poverty with increased industrialization. We look at economics, politics and what's called "environmental justice." Also, President Obama meets with "fat cat" bankers, and the city of Houston, Texas elects a gay mayor.
Banner image: An Indian worker washing plastics is reflected in a pool of liquid at a dump on the outskirts of Mumbai on December 11, 2009. Photo: Pal Pilla/AFP/Getty Images
The President Meets with the 'Fat-Cat' Bankers ()
On 60 Minutes last night, President Obama said he "did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat-cat bankers." Today, after meeting with Wall Street executives at the White House, he reminded banks that had been bailed out by American taxpayers that they owed an "extraordinary commitment" to help rebuild the economy. The President warned that he would not let lobbyists thwart reform financial efforts. Binyamin Appelbaum covers national banking for the Washington Post.
Cold Water Hits Global Warming Agreements ()
Developing nations threatened to walk out of Copenhagen today, dramatizing the split between rich and poor that has haunted climate talks for 20 years. Who should move first to reduce greenhouse gases? Do developed nations, like the United States, owe something to those most threatened, like Tuvalu in the South Pacific? What about China, India and Brazil -- fighting poverty by industrializing now — in the process creating a new group of major polluters? We look at issues that could derail the best of intentions on dealing with Global Warming.
- David Corn: Washington Bureau Chief, Mother Jones, @DavidCornDC
- Fernando Rodrigues: Senior Reporter, Folha de S. Paulo
- Gal Luft: Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
- Alexei Barrionuevo: Energy Reporter, New York Times
- Susanne Breitkopf: Analyst, Greenpeace
Sexuality of Houston's New Mayor No Big Deal for Texans ()
Headlines around the country have announced that America's fourth largest city has elected a lesbian mayor, but that's not the big news in Houston, Texas. Annise Parker has won seven elections in the City of Houston. She's finishing her third term as City Controller. This weekend, she got 53.6% of the vote to win a runoff election as Mayor. Joe Holley returned to his hometown just this past Saturday to write for the Houston Chronicle.
- Joe Holley: Politics Writer, Houston Chronicle
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