Americans were increasingly worried about climate change until last year, when there was a surge in skepticism that's still growing. Is it the economy? The news media? What are the consequences for public policy in the US and around the world? Also, settlement construction in Jerusalem will go on, and a massacre in Acapulco and US officials gunned down in Ciudad Juarez. Are US tourists on Spring Break in danger from increased violence south of the border?
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Prime Minister Netanyahu has apologized for the timing, but the government of Israel had no comment today on US demands that he cancel construction of 1600 new housing units in east Jerusalem. Correspondent Sheera Frenkel is based in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers.
The Gallup Poll says Americans are increasingly skeptical about the dangers of global warming and the urgency of reducing the rate of climate change. The scientific consensus is as solid as ever, but public confidence has been shaken by reports of mistaken claims and sloppy research. Republicans and some Democrats want to reduce President Obama's current authority and kill proposed new limits on greenhouse gases. Does the economic crisis make environmental action look too expensive? What's the role of the news media?
Frank Newport, Gallup Poll (@gallup)
Stephen Power, Energy and Environmental Policy Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Tom Yulsman, Co-director, University of Colorado's Center for Environmental Journalism
Stephen Schneider, Co-author of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report
Patrick Michaels, Scholar, Cato Institute
Acapulco is known as paradise on the Pacific, but this weekend, six police officers were shot dead and decapitated bodies were found on a busy road packed with nightclubs. In Ciudad Juarez, three people connected to the US consulate were gunned down in their cars, while returning from a birthday party. This grizzly violence raises the question of whether it’s safe to visit Mexico. Andrew Selee is Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Andrew Selee and Jacqueline Peschard
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On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
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