The program begins with an update on the Dakota Access Pipeline, namely that local public and private security agents have continued to violently crack down on protestors but meanwhile U.S. President Barack Obama blocks progress on the pipeline pending review of undetermined scope and intent.
In the middle section Barbora Grochalova who is an Environmental Lawyer in Ontario joins us to talk about the joining of Ontario to the Western Climate Initiative that already includes California and Quebec. This climate credit trading will use a market approach to hopefully limit emissions and work towards climate neutrality. Despite this optimistic sounding step, nothing is ever that simple. Barbora walks us through the highs and lows of the WCI's effectiveness so far, and what Ontario's participation will mean.
In the final main-show section Daryn leads coverage of the pending mega-merger between two already massive multinational corporations which will likely see Monsanto and Bayer Pharmaceuticals merge into a monolithic entity MoBay. These two corporations already have a very very spotty history (including selling weapons and military supplies to both axis and allied forces during WWI and WWII) and this deal will mark the largest cash-deal merger in history with an absolute stranglehold on the worlds food supply. How do you feel about having no choice but to buy food from the companies that made millions making American chemical warfare weapon "Agent Orange" from which North Vietnamese are still being born with birth defects today?
The hosts discuss the threat of a Trump presidency and the concept of strengthening international powers (like the UN) to provide increased clarity and unity around world-wide issues (like climate change).
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