8 O'Clock Buzz
Several broad-reaching historic EPA regulations are being re-written by the Trump administration, weakening regulations which have been safeguards for clean water and air in the U.S. — all in the name of fast-tracking development for industry and the petrochemical companies. Mitch Jones from Food & Water Watch talks about how these proposed rule changes will […]
John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, talks about references of some of the Democratic presidential candidate debates on nuclear armament and “no first strike” policies, Trump’s aversion to nuclear treaties, and the future of nuclear weapon armament in the country and the world.
In 2017, as the state of Wisconsin considered the wisdom of spending an unprecedented three billion dollars to entice Taiwanese screen manufacturer Foxconn to the state, then-governor Scott Walker told critics of the deal to “go suck lemons.” A “lemon” may end up describing the Foxconn project itself, as Foxconn continues to scale back its […]
By any measure, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, — perhaps still better known as “Food Stamps” — has been one of the great success stories of U.S. domestic policy. Almost 40 million low-income or no-income Americans receive SNAP benefits, not only staving off hunger for those in need, but returning $1.78 back to […]
As of June, 2019, two-thirds of U.S. states have legalized marijuana in one form or another, including eleven states, plus the District of Columbia, that have effectively abolished all prohibitions against recreational marijuana use. Wisconsin remains in the stubborn minority, with Republican legislators solidly against relaxation of marijuana rules. So, too, is the federal government, […]
Because of a lack of petrochemical resources, Japan has become dependant on nuclear power plants — while retaining memories of the nuclear holocaust. The Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster demonstrated the vulnerability of this plan. Caitlin Stronell from Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center/Japan talks about their efforts to create a nuclear-free society.