Wednesday, October 31, 2012

  • Global Warming and Sandy: Heating of the Oceans Fuels Record Storm, Leaving Millions Without Power


    Eight million people remain without power across 15 states following Hurricane Sandy, one of most devastating storms ever to hit the eastern United States. The storm’s death toll has reached 55 in the United States and is expected to rise. The storm also killed at least 69 people in the Caribbean, 51 in Haiti alone. In New York state, 90 percent of Long Island remains in the dark, as does Lower Manhattan and other parts of the city. As we continue to explore the links between Sandy and climate change, we’re joined by Brenda Ekwurzel, assistant director of climate research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Due to technical difficulties, we regret that this interview was cut short. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bainport Day 50: Workers at Bain-Owned Plant Ask Romney to Save Their Jobs from Going to China


    We broadcast live from the Bainport encampment in Freeport, Illinois, where workers from Sensata Technologies — owned by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s former company Bain Capital — are on day 50 of their protest against plans to send their jobs to China. Bainport has gained national attention in the run-up to the presidential election, as the workers have unsuccessfully appealed to Romney to save their jobs. Last week, 14 people, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, were arrested following a protest march on the Sensata plant. The next day, several Sensata workers walked off the job to protest the way management has been responding to the protests. We’re joined by three Sensata workers: Joanne Penniston, a single mother of two; Bonnie Borman, who has worked at the plant for 23 years; and Tom Gaulrapp, who has worked there for 33 years. We also speak with Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers, about why he is supporting the Bainport workers. [includes rush transcript]

  • As Sandy Recovery Begins, Romney Draws Scrutiny for Campaign Vow to Gut FEMA, Emergency Relief


    As the East Coast begins the difficult task of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy, the largest Atlantic tropical system on record, we turn to the role of emergency responders and federal relief. Cleanup of the disaster begins in the final days before the presidential election. During a Republican primary debate in 2011, Republican nominee Mitt Romney vowed to cut the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and hand it over to the states or the private sector. On Tuesday, Romney refused to answer several questions about whether he would eliminate FEMA if elected. We’re joined by Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy, as well as Brenda Ekwurzel, assistant director of climate research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists. [includes rush transcript]

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