Two anti-regulatory bills were approved in House yesterday and today along strongly bipartisan lines.
The HB 1155, known as the SCRUB Act, and HB 712, known as the Sunshine for Deregulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, were approved by the Republican majority en-route to a likely death in the Senate and certain veto by President Obama.
However, both bills represent a strong deregulatory zeitgeist on the right, and have strong backing from industrial lobbyists.
For more, KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group based in Washington, DC.
Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes Christmas songs by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as segments on the climate impacts of the TPP, the politics of the Peanuts' Christmas cartoon, and the impacts of the women's movement on family life in the USA:
Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership, featuring Miya Reback, development and campaign coordinator for 350.org Portland, Kristen Sheeran, Oregon Director for Climate Solutions, and Michael Shannon, Executive Director, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. They also recommend the work of Renew Oregon.
Tom Athanasiou’s bookDivided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poorhas been called "The single most accessible presentation of what is known as 'social ecology' that has yet been written” (The Nation). Here he talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about the achievements of negotiators at the just concluded climate talks in Paris.
17:42 minutes (12.16 MB)
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things and finds it is a compendious study of the history of botany and of pharmaceuticals; it is also a wonderfully written story of a brave woman scientist on the verge of grasping the mechanism that drives evolution via her study of mosses. 4:11 minutes (1.92 MB)
Today was the first day of legal retail pot sales in Oregon, and spirits were high at dispensaries across the Portland area.
In this piece, KBOO reporter Jim Thompson speaks with customers lines up outside Shango's, a dispensary in Hillsboro, followed by KBOO reporter Doug McVay speaking with Mike Mullins of Stoney Girl Gardens, a dispensary in Clackamas County, to see how opening day went from a business owner's perspective. 6:00 minutes (5.5 MB)
After a mass shooting claimed ten lives this morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, President Obama adressed the nation with visible frustration, saying, "[Thoughts and prayers do] not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America next week or a couple months from now."
His remarks touch on the now-routine nature of such killings, and the widespread frustration with the inevitable political stalemate over the issue of gun control that follows them.
KBOO's news director Jenka Soderberg spoke with Professor Eric Mankowski of Portland State University about the impact of these mass murders on our collective psyche.
4:10 minutes (3.82 MB)