Nov 03/10 - Pt 3: Climate Politics

Even with Congress on his side, President Barack Obama couldn't get a comprehensive climate bill passed. And now a new crop of Tea Party supporters is going to make that even harder. We look at what the mid-terms mean for the bio-sphere.


Climate Politics - Lisa Valerio-Nowc

We started this segment with a clip ... part of the arsenal used by Republican candidate Carly Fiorina in her ultimately unsuccessful bid to unseat Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California. Climate change legislation has been a contentious issue in Washington. The Obama administration failed to pass a comprehensive climate bill when it controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Now, Democrats have lost control of the House. And the next Congress will include a number of Tea Party-endorsed candidates who are opposed to any action on climate change. So it will be even more difficult for President Obama to get any traction.

Lisa Valerio-Nowc thinks that's a good thing. She is a Tea Party supporter who runs the TrueBlueAmerican blog. She was in Detroit.

Climate Politics - Eric Pooley/ Terry Tamminen

Eric Pooley has been covering the politics of climate change legislation for several years. He's the Deputy Editor of Bloomberg Business Week. He's also the author of a new book called The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers and the Fight to Save the Earth. Eric Pooley was in New York City.

And Terry Tamminen is a veteran of environmental politics in the state of California. He is the President of Seventh Generation Advisors and the former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. He's also been an environmental adviser to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. We reached Terry Tamminen at his home in Santa Monica, California.

Last Word - Fair Game

Before we go ... A movie called Fair Game arrives in theatres Friday. It tells the story of Valerie Plame. She is the CIA operative who was outed in the press after her husband, a former U.S. Ambassador named Joseph Wilson, publicly challenged the Bush Administration's case for invading Iraq.

We'll talk to Valerie Plame tomorrow about the experience of having her cover blown by her own government ... having a movie made about it ... and what lessons she thinks we should take away from it all. We ended the program with Valerie Plame, the Hollywood version this morning.


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