FROM David Doniger
International deal on climate-warming HFCs It’s been 30 years since chlorofluorcarbons were replaced by hydrofluorocarbons to protect the atmosphere. Now hydrofluorocarbons are being replaced by an international agreement with great promise for slowing rising temperatures in the fight against climate change.
Changing the Game on Climate Change To get around Congress, President Obama will use executive power granted by the US Supreme Court to limit carbon emissions from power plants nationwide. The electricity industry and some business leaders are already counting casualties from what they call a "war on coal." Many environmentalists say it's about time. Others warn that the EPA's new regulations may be too little too late. Is the US finally taking world leadership against global warming? Is China watching what happens before the next climate summit in 2015?
After Copenhagen: What's Next for Climate Change? In Copenhagen today, President Obama met with other national leaders, then scolded convention delegates for their apparent failure to reach agreement on climate change. Faced with China's rejection of international oversight, he told the conference that if their effort fails, the "same stale arguments" may continue, "while the danger of climate change grows until it is irreversible." So if the conference collapses, what's next? Will the US Senate pass cap and trade ? Will China follow through on its commitment to curb emissions? Will international competition produce "the energy technology that nobody has yet imagined?" We look at the prospects.
Global Warming, the Auto Industry and Barack Obama Governor Schwarzenegger signed a law regulating tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. But President Bush refused to allow a required waiver of federal law, even though 16 other states said they'd go along with California. Both presidential candidates promised to overrule the President's order. Now it's Barack Obama who's stuck with keeping his word at the same time the Big Three automakers are threatened with bankruptcy. We get a preview of one of Obama's first presidential controversies.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.