Episode #728: Podcast for February 16, 2013
This morning, on a four hour This is Hell! hosted by Chuck Mertz beginning at 9AM (US central) on WNUR 89.3FM streaming live at http://thisishell.com/live and podcast shortly after here …
ClimateWire’s Julia Pyper describes the Obama administration’s plans for climate change adaptation. Common Cause’s Doug Clopp explains how the “ALEC Tax and Budget Proposals Would Slash Public Services and Jeopardize Economic Growth.” The Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg reveals the secret money behind climate change denial and alternative energy opposition. The Center for Economic and Policy Research’s John Schmitt dissects the impact minimum wage hikes have on employment.
Our irregular correspondents will be Danny Muller, who will give a ‘Wasted Energy Report,’ and Susan Kang, author of, “Human Rights and Labor Solidarity: Trade Unions in the Global Economy” (University of Pennsylvania Press).
Jeff Dorchen will deliver a Moment of Truth.
Journalist Julia Pyper is a reporter for E&E Publishing’s ClimateWire — a leading source of news on climate change and energy policy. We’ll talk with Julia about her article that appeared at Scientific American this week, “Obama Administration Releases First-Ever Climate Adaptation Plans.” The story explains, “With plans that incorporate efforts made by the Commerce, Agriculture, Energy, Transportation and Defense departments, among others, the administration’s effort acknowledges that climate impacts are happening now and require action.”
Doug Clopp is Common Cause‘s Deputy Director for Programs. Doug is the former Director of Governmental Affairs and Coalition Coordinator of Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation. He previously worked on Maine’s landmark Clean Elections program, improving campaign finance laws, and promoting governmental ethics.
Suzanne Goldenberg is the US environment correspondent of the Guardian. In 2003, Suzanne covered the US invasion of Iraq from Baghdad. She is the author of, “Madam President: Is America Ready to Send Hillary Clinton to the White House?” This week, Suzanne posted the stories, “Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives,” “Obama acting too slowly on climate change risks, government audit finds,” and “How Donors Trust distributed millions to anti-climate groups.
John Schmitt is Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. John writes extensively on unemployment, economic inequality, and the welfare state. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. This week, he published the report, “Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect on Employment?”
Producing tomorrow’s show will be Alex Jerri and Spencer ‘Thunderball’ Thayer.