FROM Joseph Romm
New Energy Secretary Issues Dire Warning on Global Warming On at least one issue, President Obama has reversed the Bush Administration by 180 degrees, a move that could be crucial for California. The new Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, is a Californian, and today he made a stark prediction about California’s future. If no action is taken to slow climate change, there will be no agriculture in less than 100 years. Chu gave his first interview since taking office to Jim Tankersley of the Chicago Tribune Company.
New Energy Secretary Issues Dire Warning on Global Warming The Bush Administration took heat for downplaying the dangers of climate change. Although he's not a climatologist, President Obama's new Energy Secretary, Nobel laureate Steven Chu , directly acknowledged the severity of the problem in an interview with Jim Tankersley of the Chicago Tribune with one of the starkest predictions yet: no agriculture in California in less than 100 years.
Energy Costs, the Environment and the Presidential Campaign Responding to rising gasoline prices, President Bush and candidate John McCain are calling on Congress to end the moratorium on drilling for oil off-shore. For both the President and the Senator, this is a change in policy; Barack Obama calls it a "flip-flop." Oil companies concede that nobody knows how much is available, how long it would take to produce or what the impact on prices might be. But Democrats in Florida and Virginia are among those joining Republicans who want the moratorium lifted. Has rage over fuel costs reached a tipping point or is McCain making a risky political bet? What about the environment, global warming and the effort to get America off the oil economy?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.