Thursday, April 22, 2010

22 Apr 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

New Senate Climate Bill Is “Slap in the Face to Everything that Earth Day Stands For”
Today is the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. In the years following the first Earth Day, the Nixon administration passed a series of major environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act. On Monday, Senators John Kerry, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham plan to introduce a climate bill that will eliminate the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. We speak with Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. [includes rush transcript]

Mesa 18: Dissident Groups Host Alternative Meeting Outside World Peoples’ Climate Summit
A few blocks from the main entrance to the university where the peoples’ climate summit is taking place, hundreds of Bolivian and Latin American environmentalists have been crowding into a single hall to participate in discussions that they say were too controversial for the actual summit. Dubbed “mesa 18,” or “working group 18,” the discussions were focused on the environmental destruction inside Bolivia caused by development projects, mining, and oil and gas exploration promoted by the Morales government. On Wednesday afternoon, Anjali Kamat spoke to Moira Millán, an indigenous Mapuche activist from southern Argentina. [includes rush transcript]

Ex-Leader of Bolivia Peasant Workers near San Cristóbal Mine Says Company Lied About Water Pollution, Demands Pay for Vast Water Usage
The Regional Federation of Peasant Workers of the South Altiplano (FRUCTAS) is a grassroots organization of community members from Nor Lípez province of the central Potosí region of Bolivia. They are in the midst of a struggle against the Japanese trading giant Sumitomo Corporation, which owns the massive San Cristóbal mine. We speak with Francisco Quisbert Salinas, the ex-leader of FRUCTAS. [includes rush transcript]

From Melting Glaciers to Structural Adjustment: Maude Barlow on the Need for Water Justice
In the Andean highlands of South America, climate change isn’t just an abstract threat. In Bolivia, glaciers are melting at what experts say is an alarming rate as a result of rising global temperatures. We speak with Maude Barlow, head of the Council of Canadians, about the melting glaciers, climate change and water.

Bolivia Climate Conference Moves to Establish Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
One of the key initiatives of the climate conference in Bolivia is to come out with a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. We speak with South African environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan, the co-president of the Rights of Mother Earth Working Group at the summit. He arrived at the climate change conference with a draft declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth that formed the basis of the discussion.

Bolivian Conservationist Calls for Preservation of Madidi Region, One of the Most Biodiverse Areas of World
As Bolivian President Evo Morales is being celebrated internationally for hosting the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth, some Bolivian environmentalists and conservationists have questioned Morales’ domestic policies. In northern Bolivia, Morales has supported oil exploration and other development inside the Madidi National Park. The region is considered one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. On Thursday, I spoke with Rosa María Ruiz, who has worked in the Madidi region for decades and led efforts for the region to be protected.


11 Missing in Oil Rig Explosion off La. Coast
Senate Panel Advances Derivatives Regulation
Obama: Abortion Rights a Factor in Court Pick, But Not a “Litmus Test”
European Flights Resume Following Ash Closures
Pentagon: Iran Attack Not “Off the Table”
Trial Begins in Beating of Iraqi Prisoner
US to Withdraw Troops from Haiti
Israel Again Rejects Call for East Jerusalem Settlement Freeze
DC Council Abandons Incentives for Military Firm
Appeals Court Suspends Ruling Blocking ACORN Funding
Students Arrested Protesting Arizona Immigration Bill

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