This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 14, 2011 for week ending Dec. 23, 2011


#D17 December 17 Day of Action - Occupy 2.0"

Interviews and blogs from the third-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street


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Durban Climate Change Conference Averts Collapse, Negotiations on New Treaty Delayed

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Interview with Daphne Wysham, , co-director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, conducted by Scott Harris


As the 17th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa concluded on Dec. 11, many environmental activists were disappointed with the results, but relieved that the talks hadn’t collapsed. With the 1997 Kyoto protocol treaty on global warming set to expire, the conference in Durban was tasked with negotiating an agreed-upon path toward developing a new international treaty that will control greenhouse gas emissions.  Story continues

Federal Clean Air Standards That Could Save Thousands of Lives is Under Attack

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Interview with Paul Billings, vice president for national policy and advocacy at the American Lung Association, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


There's good news and bad news about air pollution coming out of Congress and the Obama administration. On the one hand, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new air toxics standards for industrial boilers, which, if implemented, would prevent up to 8,100 premature deaths each year. On the other hand, President Obama recently passed up a chance to implement stricter EPA standards on ground level ozone, or smog. He based his decision on the costs to business, despite scientific research finding that the regulations would have prevented an estimated 12,000 premature deaths annually.  Story continues

National Campaign Launched to Challenge GOP Efforts to Suppress Voting Rights

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Interview with April Tyler, an organizer with the Dec. 10 Mobilization for Voting Rights, conducted by Scott Harris


Since Republican candidates scored major victories for state offices across the U.S. last November, state governments controlled by the GOP have passed numerous measures restricting the right of targeted constituencies to cast ballots. A recent report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund titled, “Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America,” documents what the group asserts is a coordinated assault on minorities’ voting rights, who often heavily favor Democratic candidates.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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