Big Picture Panel: Dave McCulloch, National GOP Strategist & Eleanor Goldfield, Act Out!-Occupy.com. A new study out of Harvard has confirmed that fossil fuel giant Exxon Mobil intentionally misled the public for decades about global warming. The study looked at Exxon’s internal communications and public statements between 1977 and 2014 – and found a stark difference between the two, “While 80% of internal documents acknowledge that climate change is real and human-caused, yet only 12% of advertorials do so, with 81% instead expressing doubt.” Shouldn’t we bring back the corporate death penalty for companies like Exxon?
Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Donald Trump campaigned on making our trade deals better for American workers. But as NAFTA renegotiations officially begin – could he actually making them worse?
Big Picture Interview: Alan Tonelson, RealityChek (blog)/The Race to the Bottom. As ugly as his right wing nationalism could be – now-former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon had some legitimately good ideas about the economy. Does his ouster mean that we’re stuck with so-called free trade for good?
Paul Gunter, Reactor Oversight Project, Beyond Nuclear. As part of its cleanup efforts – the company that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant wants to dump almost 800,000 tons of radioactive material into the ocean. How can this possibly be safe?
It’s one of the oldest and, some say, most reliable forms of renewable energy. Hydroelectric power is usually associated with dams or reservoirs where large volumes of water are converted into electricity.
But soon, more and more hydropower could be generated in places like slow-moving canals.
CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo speaks to Greg Characklis, Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about the future of hydropower.
The knock on environmentalists is that they’ve been better at opposing than proposing. Sure, being against overheating the planet or melting the ice caps should probably speak for itself—but it doesn’t give us a means. So it’s important news that the environmental movement seems to be rallying round a new flag. That standard bears a number: 100 percent.
It’s the call for the rapid conversion of energy systems around the country to 100 percent renewable power—a call for running the United States (and the world) on sun, wind and water. What Medicare for All is to the healthcare debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle against inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future. It’s how progressives will think about energy going forward—and though it started in northern Europe and Northern California, it’s a call that’s gaining traction outside the obvious green enclaves. In the last few months, cities as diverse as Atlanta and Salt Lake have taken the pledge.
No more half-measures. Barack Obama drove environmentalists crazy with his “all-of-the-above” energy policy, which treated sun and wind as two items on a menu that included coal, gas and oil. That is not good enough. Many scientists tell us that within a decade, at current rates, we’ll likely have put enough carbon in the atmosphere to warm the Earth past the Paris climate targets. Renewables—even the most rapid transition—won’t stop climate change, but getting off fossil fuel now might (there are no longer any guarantees) keep us from the level of damage that would shake civilization.
https://democracynow.org – President Trump has announced plans to escalate the U.S. war in Afghanistan—already the longest war in U.S. history. While Trump offered few specifics during his prime-time address Monday night, he has reportedly already signed off on a plan to send about 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan. For more we speak with Matthew Hoh, who resigned from the State Department in 2009 over the Obama administration’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan including time as a Marine Corps company commander in Anbar Province.
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