This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 16, 2015 for week ending Dec. 25, 2015

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"Paris is essentially from this point on the starting point where we have to have a massive increase in ambition. This agreement certainly won't dig us out of the hole we've dug for ourselves as a planet, but it does make the sides a bit less steep."

– David Pomerantz, senior climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace USA assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the agreement negotiated at the UN climate summit in Paris.


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Paris Summit's Carbon Reduction Agreement Not Enough to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

MP3 Interview with David Pomerantz, senior climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace USA, conducted by Scott Harris

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While U.S. President Obama and other world leaders hailed the agreement hammered out between 195 countries at the United Nations Paris climate summit as a success and a turning point, many climate activists – while acknowledging areas of progress, took a more critical view.  Story continues

Climate Activist Urges Energy Conservation Over New Natural Gas Infrastructure

MP3 Interview with Leticia Colon de Mejias, climate activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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On Dec. 9, the Connecticut chapter of the League of Conservation Voters held its 15th annual Environmental Summit in Hartford, Connecticut. There, legislators gathered with environmental activists, many who are working on climate change, as the U.N. climate summit was underway in Paris. One of the keynote speakers was Rob Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, who said Connecticut under the state's Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is pursuing an "all of the above" energy policy with an emphasis on increasing the use of natural gas.  Story continues

Hugo Chavez's Socialist Party Loses Election and Control of Legislature Amid Venezuelan Economic Crisis

MP3 Interview with Garbriel Hetland, assistant professor of Latin American Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, conducted by Scott Harris

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As Venezuelans went to cast their ballots in the nation’s Dec. 6 parliamentary election, the primary issue on the minds of most voters was the failing economy, skyrocketing inflation and severe shortages of basic goods on store shelves across the country. When ballots were counted, the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, founded by the late populist leader Hugo Chavez, suffered a humiliating defeat. The opposition Democratic Unity Front won 56 percent of the vote, while the Socialists won just 41 percent. Under Venezuela’s electoral system, the opposition now holds a two-thirds majority of seats in parliament and the power to challenge incumbent Socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s programs, appointments and budget.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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