If You Love This Planet, Dr. Helen Caldicott

Lexi Shultz on Republican efforts to destroy global warming legislation and erase environmental protections / Dr. Caldicott’s Fukushima bulletin


Lexi Shultz (LCVoter/Flickr)

Lexi Shultz (LCVoter)

Before interviewing this week’s guest, Dr. Caldicott provides a short update on the situation at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, explaining how the accident is far more dangerous than news media are reporting. She elucidates what will happen if there is an explosion at the facility. Read Dr. Caldicott’s April 11 article in The Guardian, How nuclear apologists mislead the world over radiation - George Monbiot and others at best misinform and at worst distort evidence of the dangers of atomic energy. Also see the April 11 news article Japan Raises Severity of Nuclear Crisis to Chernobyl Level. After the update, today’s program features a discussion with Lexi Shultz, the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) director of advocacy for the Climate and Energy Program. Shultz provides direction for US federal climate and energy policy work. Her efforts are focused on advocating for practical, science-based solutions to climate change, while helping translate climate science information to coalition partners, decision makers and the general public. For background, read the January 24 Union of Concerned Scientists’ press release, GOP Efforts to Defund Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change Is Foolhardy, the February 21 article House Republicans Cut Funding to Nobel Prize-Winning UN Climate Science Body, and the March 4 article Republicans Attack Obama’s Environmental Protection From All Sides. Also see the January 9 article Canadian Study Sees Global Warming for Centuries.

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