FROM Ethan Zindler
Obama Unveils Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions President Obama's political advisors say he's decided that climate change will be as important to his legacy as healthcare. Accordingly, new EPA regulations he's announcing today are the toughest ever — if they can survive court challenges and political opposition. Ethan Zindler is head of Policy Analysis with Bloomberg New Energy Finance .
The Coming Age of Solar Power The cost of fossil fuels is going up, while the cost of solar power is going down. The tipping point has already arrived in many developing countries. In the US, it could happen by 2020. A decade later, fossil fuels could be economically obsolete. We've heard such predictions before, and the transition will not be easy. Coal, Big Oil and public utilities won't lie down. Government policies will be crucial. We look at the challenges posed by inevitable change in technology. (This discussion originally aired on October 30, 2014)
The Coming Age of Solar Power In the 1980’s, there was skepticism about the economic viability of cell phones. Now, most of the world’s poorest people can afford them. Today, the cost of fossil fuels is going up, while the cost of solar power is going down, and although solar power supplies less than 1% of global energy needs, the tipping point has already arrived in many developing countries. In the US, it could happen by 2020. A decade later, fossil fuels could be economically obsolete. We’ve heard such predictions before, and the transition will not be easy. Coal, Big Oil and public utilities won’t lie down. Government policies will be crucial. Will photovoltaic cells be the cell phones of the future? We look at the challenges posed by inevitable change in technology.
Combating Climate Change: Activism and the Call for Actual Action Hundreds of thousands of protestors flooded the streets of Manhattan yesterday to demand action from heads of state at tomorrow’s Climate Summit at the United Nations. Today on Wall Street, protesters focused on the role of financial institutions.
Changing the Game on Climate Change To get around Congress, President Obama will use executive power granted by the US Supreme Court to limit carbon emissions from power plants nationwide. The electricity industry and some business leaders are already counting casualties from what they call a "war on coal." Many environmentalists say it's about time. Others warn that the EPA's new regulations may be too little too late. Is the US finally taking world leadership against global warming? Is China watching what happens before the next climate summit in 2015?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
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.