FROM David Montgomery
Is Bush's Promise of Global Warming Talks Too Late? President Bush barely showed up for this week's UN session on global warming , but he's conceded that human activities do contribute to climate change. Today the White House begins its own conference with 16 countries responsible for 90% of greenhouse gas emissions. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened the meeting of the world's 16 top polluting nations—including Brazil, South Africa and, most importantly, China and India, alone with the industrialized western nations. Will it undermine—or complement—the United Nations? Is the international community taking it seriously?
Global Warming Conference, UK Report and US Politics in a Democratic Congress 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?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.