FROM Keith Johnson
America's Rejoining the Race for Arctic Oil President Obama has protected some parts of the Arctic Ocean from oil and gas development — but he's permitted exploration in other parts . Royal Dutch Shell will be towing massive rigs back and forth from Seattle to far Northern waters for drilling during brief summer respites from icy storms. In the waters off Seattle, small boats and kayaks are gathered to protest exploratory oil drilling. Outraged environmentalists see potential disasters worse than Deepwater Horizon, which devastated the relatively placid Gulf of Mexico. Meantime, Russia, Norway — and even China — are also looking at opportunities for Arctic oil drilling created by climate change.
Obama Calls for Increased Oversight of Oil Markets Gasoline prices are up around $4 a gallon, the highest they've ever been in the month of April. At the White House today, President Obama said it's time for action. Keith Johnson is staff reporter covering energy for the Wall Street Journal .
Terror Suspect in New York for Civilian Trial Republicans may be outraged, but the Obama Justice Department will try a suspected terrorist in a civilian court in New York City. Ahmed Warsame is a Somali militant, captured at sea in April and interrogated for months on a Navy vessel before he was read his Miranda rights. Keith Johnson reports for the Wall Street Journal .
TSA Responds to Traveler Outcry Over Scanners and Pat-Downs Airport body-scanners can see through clothing alright and pat-downs involving groin- and body-checks can be "demeaning,” but don't look for changes any time soon. That's according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who overseas the Transportation Security Administration. Keith Johnson covers homeland security for the Wall Street Journal .
Obama's Infrastructure Plan Runs against the Political Tide Just weeks before the November election, President Obama today joined mayors, governors and transportation officials to promote a new program for spending $50 billion. Keith Johnson reports for the Wall Street Journal .
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.
Copenhagen, Climate Change and Stolen E-Mails As the Copenhagen conference got under way today, the UN panel on climate change promised to investigate claims that scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit manipulated data to support the theory that global warming is man-made.
Copenhagen, Climate Change and Stolen E-Mails The UN's global warming summit in Copenhagen opened today amidst new attacks on the basic science of Climate Change. Differences over economics, politics and technology already led some 200 nations to abandon hopes for a binding treaty this year. Now, stolen e-mails between climate researchers are being used to cast doubt on the urgency of taking steps to curtail greenhouse gases. Have scientists manipulated information? Are dissenters being silenced? Instead of debating over reducing emissions, would a crash program for alternative sources of energy be a cheaper, faster way to slow global warming?
Nuclear Power and Climate Change After 20 years and $9 billion, the nuclear-waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has been scrapped by the Obama Administration. There has not been a nuclear power plant licensed in the US since the Three Mile Island accident 30 years ago. In the meantime, nuclear power is finding converts in Europe, and America's Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking at more than 30 applications.
Climate Change and Nuclear Power After 20 years and $9 billion, Nevada's Yucca Mountain won't be the final resting place for 60,000 tons of deadly nuclear waste piling up at power plants all over the country. So what happens now to a nuclear industry that expected a shot in the arm from demand for “clean” energy to reduce global warming? No new plant has been licensed in the US since the Three Mile Island accident 30 years ago, but Energy Secretary Henry Chu has promised to find a way. Has Europe developed safer technologies? What about cost and weaponization? Would nuclear power be better or worse than climate change?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.