Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The EPA proposed regulations today aimed at cutting methane emissions from the energy sector by 40 to 45 percent over the next decade. These regulations are one part of the President’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gases and fight climate change and they come shortly after President Barack Obama unveiling the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants. Joining me today to discuss the Methane regulations as well as the recent study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology that showed that a little-noted portion of the chain of pipelines and equipment that brings natural gas from the field into power plants and homes is responsible for a surprising amount of methane emissions is John Schwartz a science writer for The New York Times. You can also follow John on twitter.
Earlier this month, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which is recognized as one of the most successful civil rights measures in the history of the United States. However, in 2013, the Supreme Court destroyed key elements of the Voting Rights Act, which has led to a variety of states creating new laws that would disenfranchise the very voters the Voting Rights Act was enabled to protect. Returning to the show is Ari Berman, who has highlighted a lot of ways people have been effected by these horrendous laws as a contributor for The Nation, to discuss his new book “Give Us The Ballot”, which is an amazing look into the history of the VRA and the challenges it’s faced for over 50 years. You can also follow Ari on twitter.
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