Climate Change: Politics versus Science of Global Warming
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After last week's elections, Karl Rove told a conference of shale-gas developers not to worry about efforts to limit greenhouse pollution. Fifty-percent of new Republicans in the Congress are climate-change skeptics. We look into what that could mean. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu pushes new settlements, threatening peace talks with the Palestinians. On Reporter's Notebook, will outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist issue a posthumous pardon for Jim Morrison, the late lead singer for The Doors? Crist says "anything is possible."
Banner image: Heads of cattle are dying from lack of food and water like this bull on May 29, 2010, in the northern part of Niger. Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images
Netanyahu Pushes Settlements, Threatening Peace Talks ()
In Indonesia today, President Obama criticized Israel's latest announcement of settlement-building in East Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a statement here in the US saying Israel "never agreed to limit its construction in any way in Jerusalem." Laura Rozen writes the On Foreign Policy blog for Politico.
Climate Change: The US versus the Rest of the World ()
For some years, climate scientists avoided public debate on global warming, partly on the ground that skeptics didn't deserve a hearing. Now, so many Republican non-believers have been elected to Congress that the US may become almost unique among nations in dismissing the problem. As fossil-fuel industries celebrate, scientists are now speaking out, with another world conference on climate change later this month in Cancun. Will the US be able to play any role? What about the Obama Administration's fight against greenhouse pollution at home?
- Ron Brownstein: National Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @RonBrownstein
- Frank Newport: Editor in Chief, Gallup Poll, @galluppoll
- Andrew Dessler: former Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- James M. Taylor: Senior Fellow, Heartland Institute
- John Vidal: Environment Editor, Guardian newspaper
Lame Duck Crist May Pardon Jim Morrison Posthumously ()
After a concert in Miami in 1969, The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison was convicted of two felonies: exposure and profanity. Morrison died in 1971 before ever going to prison, but fans have long demanded a posthumous pardon. Now Florida's outgoing Governor Charlie Crist says "stay tuned." Florida's Board of Executive Clemency will meet on December 9, for the last time before Crist leaves office. Jim Ash covers Florida politics for the Gannett News Service.
- Jim Ash: Reporter, Gannett News Service
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