FROM Sam Jaffe
Windmills off the Coast of Cape Cod? The Obama Interior Department has approved America's first offshore wind-energy project, in shallow waters six miles from Cape Cod and 10 miles from Martha's Vineyard. Cape Wind now has the federal go-ahead to build 130 wind turbines 440 feet tall. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement today in Boston.
Windmills off the Coast of Cape Cod? The Obama Interior Department has approved America's first offshore wind-energy project, in shallow waters six miles from Cape Cod and 10 miles from Martha's Vineyard. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement today in Boston. Cape Wind now has the federal go-ahead to build 130 wind turbines 440 feet tall. For the past nine years such projects have become common in Europe, while the project in Massachusetts has been subject to high-powered opposition and heated debate. What are the economic trade-offs? What are the consequences for fishing, tourism, historic preservation and tribal rights for Native Americans? Is this the birth of a new, alternative-energy industry? What will it mean for the Great Lakes and other parts of the Atlantic seaboard?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.