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Wednesday May 12, 2010

Senators Unveil Climate Change Legislation That Expands Offshore Oil Drilling

The Viking Poseidon, which is carrying the second containment device to be lowered to the sea floor, sits at sunset before deploying the device at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP)

As millions of gallons of oil spew into the the Gulf of Mexico, legislation that actually expands offshore oil drilling makes its debut on Capitol Hill today. As ABC News political reporter Rick Klein writes today, the bill arrives at “either the exactly wrong or perfectly right” time. In unveiling their climate change legislation, Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry and Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman are taking a calculated political risk. They’re leaving in provisions to expand offshore oil drilling even though those provisions are now unpopular and have failed to attract a single Republican supporter. We speak with Steven Mufson of the Washington Post.

Obama Shifts Focus Of ‘War On Drugs’

Richard Nixon first launched the U.S. war on drugs 40 years ago. Now President Obama is changing the focus to treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue and says he will put more resources into prevention and treatment. The new strategy boosts community-based programs, encourages health care providers to screen for drug problems before addiction sets in, and expands treatment beyond specialty centers to mainstream health care facilities. Joseph Califano has studied teen drug use for 20 years as the founder of Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and has advice for preventing drug abuse in his new book, “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid.”

Cameron and Clegg Get To Work At Downing Street

New British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference in the garden of 10 Downing Street in London. (AP)

Britain woke up to a new political era Wednesday with its first coalition government since World War II, an unlikely marriage between the right-wing Conservative Party – reborn under new Prime Minister David Cameron – and the left-leaning Liberal Democrats, led by Nick Clegg. We speak to the BBC’s political correspondent, Rob Watson.

Politics + Formaldehyde = A Complicated Process Of Assessing Risk

Formaldehyde is found in everything from plywood to carpeting. The chemical is still listed by the EPA as a “probable” carcinogen — instead of as a “known” carcinogen even though research links formaldehyde exposure to leukemia and possibly other cancers. As Joaquin Sapien of ProPublica reports, with the help of some legislators, the chemical industry has managed to slow down a reassessment by the EPA of formaldehyde.

Reflections From Parents With Special Needs Children

At least 12% of all children in the U.S. have disabilities – or special needs.  Now a group of parents writes about their lives and the lives of their children in a new book, “My Baby Rides The Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids With Disabilities.”We hear from some of the authors.

Music From The Show

  • Radiohead, “Where I End and You Begin”
  • Thelonius Monk, “Caravan”
  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • Sonny Rollins, “Get Happy”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Massive Attack, “Future Proof”
  • Tito Puente, “All Blues”
  • http://Huh? Andy Bumgarner

    Concerning the Lieberman/Kerry climate change bill. Am I correct in hearing that under this bill one state can control the offshore drilling options of an ajoining state? Does this not throw Federalism in the trash can? What happens to state’s rights after such a bill. I can understand interstate commerce being regulated. But regulating the possibility of an offshore oil event??? By your neighboring state??? Sounds like a bad idea to me.

    Andy Bumgarner

  • http://Huh? Andy Bumgarner

    Seriously, I’m not playing down BP’s culpubility for the catastrophe in the freaking Gulf. But I believe, at its finish, it will be much like the Exxon Valdese. This terrible, terrible, terrible, event will make us more careful in the future… If I prayed, I would pray for all the people who live and work there. This event may well be bigger than the Katrina debacle.

  • Frog

    Hmmmm…After listening to the people reading from the book “My Baby Rides The Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids With Disabilities.” I’m not sure who would want to read the book…except maybe parents of similar kids. Certainly not I. The sarcasm…the lashing out…no advice to others, just venting. I hope they find some peace.

  • Darrell

    @Frog
    hope you find some empathy.

  • Jeff

    There are somethings you can not begin to understand fully, no matter how much you study the topic, you have to experience them. Having a child with special needs is a good example of this.

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