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The Smart Show - 11/25/13

William O. Beeman 
Professor, Department of Anthropology 
University of Minnesota 

 Author of The 'Great Satan' vs. the 'Mad Mullahs': How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other, Beeman just wrote the piece "The Iran Accord -- Profoundly, and Primarily, Symbolic," which states: "The principal benefit of the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations on November 23 is that Iran and the United States were able to down to talk and reach an agreement onsomething. Given 33 years of estrangement and non-communication, this is an extraordinarily important development -- nearly equivalent to the U.S. breakthrough to China -- perhaps the signal achievement of the Nixon administration.

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Tom Prehn | Product Manager, Wirecast software -- challenging the TV networks by making available the same technology on a laptop

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DAVID BENDER on the filibuster changes.

David Bender political director, Progressive Voices.  

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The Smart Show - 11/18/13


Dr. Michael Dorsey - Live from Poland - should fossil fuel companys pay for climate disaster?Member of Senator Barack Obama’s energy and environment Presidential campaign team. In July 2010 the US Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Administrator, Lisa Jackson, appointed Dr. Dorsey to the EPA’s National Advisory Committee (NAC). Administrator Jackson reappointed Dr. Dorsey to the US-EPA NAC in 2012. In 2013 Dr. Dorsey became a “Full member” to the Club of Rome.  Further, in the fall of 2013 the National Journal named Dr. Dorsey one of 200 national “energy and environment expert insiders”. Dr. Dorsey is presently the interim-program Director for the Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, based in Washington, DC.

Janet Redmond -  “Philippines disaster and Wealth country’s reneging on commitments
 
Janet Redman is the director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where she provides analysis of the international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities. She is currently working with grassroots coalitions and global campaigns like the Climate Justice Alliance and Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice to develop innovative policies to reinvest in the new economy.
 
Maria Nera-Lauron is coordinator of the People's Movement on Climate Change and is with the group IBON International, both based in the Philippines. She said today: "The devastation in the Philippines should be reason enough for everybody  to increase ambition AND action. We cannot afford to be stingy (in commitments) and conservative (in vision) -- the world needs drastic and urgent emissions cuts."

    IBON International just released their first update from the Warsaw summit, noting that "fault lines between developed and developing countries are becoming clearer" with wealthy countries like Japan, Australia and Canada withdrawing from commitments. See: "Abbott government abandons emissions reduction target range." 
  
    The group also notes: "Corporate influence of the UNFCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change] is also becoming even more evident at this year’s meeting. A report from the non-government Corporate Europe Observatory, COP 19 is the first UN climate talks to have corporate sponsorship, including ArecelorMittal [steel and mining conglomerate], Alstom [energy and transportation conglomerate] and BMW. Poland, the host government, also announced that it is co-hosting a summit with the World Coal Association in the second week of the climate talks." 
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The Smart Show - 11/04/13

The Smart Show - 11/04/13

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