Friday, July 23, 2010

23 Jul 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

As Senate Dems Give Up on Climate Bill, What Does the Future Hold for US Energy Policy?
Senate Democrats said on Thursday they have given up any hope of passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation this summer. Where does US policy go from here? We speak with Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones magazine and Kate Horner, a policy analyst at Friends of the Earth. [includes rush transcript]

Three of Every Four Oil & Gas Lobbyists Worked for Federal Government
Three out of every four lobbyists who represent oil and gas companies previously worked in the federal government, according to a new analysis by the Washington Post. That’s a rate that is more than double revolving-door standards on Capitol Hill. We talk to Steve Kretzmann, the founder and director of Oil Change International. [includes rush transcript]

Manchin Appointing Fmr. Aide to Replace Byrd "Kabuki Theater Politics" to "Make Sure Coal’s Will Be Done in the Senate"
Governor Joe Manchin recently appointed former chief counsel Carte Goodwin to succeed US Senator Robert Byrd. We take a look at what the move means and issues surrounding mountaintop removal in Appalachia with Bob Kincaid, an internet broadcaster with the Head On Radio Network and a progressive voice from the Appalachian coalfields. [includes rush transcript]

Using Social Media to Build Community...and Resistance
We broadcast from Las Vegas, the site of the Netroots Nation convention, where thousands of people have gathered and social media is the watchword of the day. We host a roundtable discussion on social media with Aimee Allison, founder of OaklandSeen; hip-hop journalist and activist, Davey D; and Cheryl Contee, aka Jill Tubman, co-founder of the political blog "Jack and Jill Politics."

"Reclaiming the Democratic Majority"–Progressive Activists Organize to Change Democrats in Congress
Many progressives helped to elect Democratic majorities in Congress in 2006 and 2008 and helped Obama win the presidency. But with the Democrats in power, the feeling now among many grassroots activists is that most Democratic lawmakers have not acted on behalf of their progressive constituencies. We speak with two progressive activists: Ilyse Hogue of MoveOn.Org, and Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Headlines

Tropical Storm Bonnie Forces BP to Suspend Relief Well Drilling
Two BP Managers Named as Potential Targets of Fed Probe
BP’s Hiring of Prison Labor Cleanup Scrutinized
US Lifts Ban on Training Indonesian Special Forces Unit
Peruvian and Ugandan Contractors Killed in Attack on Green Zone
Rep. Rangel to Face Ethics Violations Trial
Obama Apologizes to Shirley Sherrod
Report: Bailed-Out Banks Paid Out $1.6B in Excessive Bonuses
Venzuela Cuts Ties to Colombia
IMF Cancels Haiti’s Debt But Gives Haiti a New Loan
Tranfigura Fined for Exporting Toxic Waste to Ivory Coast


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