FROM James M. Taylor
Climate Change: The US versus the Rest of the World "Climate is gone." Those are the words of political strategist Karl Rove reassuring shale-gas developers there is no longer a need to worry about new laws against greenhouse pollution. That's because with Rove's help so many Republican climate-change deniers were elected to Congress last week. One observer sees the GOP " stampeding toward an absolutist rejection of climate science ."
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?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?