FROM David Unger
Will the Latest Climate Talks Start Something New? The first Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was agreed that human interference was changing the climate and that something had to be done. Since then, conferences have been held all over the world--most notably in Kyoto in 1997 and Copenhagen in 2009 — without producing an enforceable strategy to cope with changes that are already under way or to prevent more change in the future. Now the leaders of nations covering 95% of the planet are convening in Paris to try again. Can even that limited goal survive differences between rich and developing nations and overcome domestic politics in the US and other countries?
DOT Releases Stricter Guidelines for Oil Trains After tragic accidents from Quebec to Virginia, the US Transportation Department announced new rules today for the thousands of rail cars carrying volatile fuel from the Mid West to coastal refineries. But oil production is increasing fast, and implementing the regulations will take time. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox wants lower speed limits for trains carrying oil for thousands of miles… and the phase-out of outmoded train cars called DOT 111 — many of which are decades old.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?