LIVE FROM WARSAW: COP 19 JUST ANOTHER COP-OUT
Tonight on Political Analysis, as the 19th UN climate summit -- or Conference of Parties (aka COP 19) -- enters its second week of negotiations and the Philippines continue to reel in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Sandy LeonVest is joined by DeSmog Blog researcher Steve Horn and student activist Ashok Chanderwaney, skyping live from Warsaw.
Topics of discussion include the degeneration, over the years, of the UN-sponsored talks, which began as an (arguably) earnest effort to address and mitigate the damages caused by ever-accelerating global climate change. They explain how fossil fuel and Big Business interests have co-opted the climate summits, rendering them little more than farcical (yet highly publicized) PR festivals for the Dirty Energy industry.
They wrap up the show talking about where activists need to go from here.
*DeSmog Blog is an online publication widely considered to be the world's number one source for accurate, fact-based information on global warming misinformation campaigns and "climate denial."
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Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest talks to activist, author and California gubernatorial candidate Cindy Sheehan, whose current run for governor, on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, threatens to seriously challenge status quo politics, business as usual, and the corporate-owned media who perpetrate the corporate-owned message.
They discuss Cindy's run against then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008, and her current run against California governor Jerry Brown in 2014.
Once considered to be an "environmentalist," (remember "Governor Moonbeam?") Jerry Brown has been transformed in recent years into what one reporter described as, "Big Oil's Best Friend," going so far as to sign an environmentally devastating bill, that will allow Big Oil and Gas companies, like Venoco, Occidental and Shell, to turn much what is left of the Central California coastline into a wasteland of hydrofracking.
They also discuss Cindy's transformation from a liberal Democrat into a "radical" (in the literal sense of the word, which, in Latin means "root"), after her son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. Cindy talks about her passion for challenging "business as usual," the corrupt two party system, and her plan to challenge the economic status quo, known as "corporate capitalism."