Climate Conversations S2E13: Season 2 Wrap-Up

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After a whole season of climate justice episodes, the ClimateX team and podcast producer Dave Lishansky step back and take stock. How has our understanding of climate justice evolved? What voices and stories have stuck with us?

The team discusses recurring themes, such as visibility issues, collaboration across social divides, institutional oppression, and intersectionality. They also explore areas of difference among the guests (and among themselves), such as whether capitalism is inherently exploitation or can be a force for social good. 

The episode and the season ends with dreaming big: if you could wave a magic wand to correct one injustice, anywhere in the world, what would it be?


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"The distribution of benefits

"The distribution of benefits and burdens..."

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MIT, the Kochs, climate change and cancer

"The rising influence of the conservative Koch brothers has put MIT in a slightly awkward position.  David Koch, who survived a bout of prostate cancer, is a major donor to the university’s cancer research effort.  In a few weeks [back in February of 2011], MIT will cut the ribbon on the Koch Institute’s centerpiece building in Kendall Square...

Still, it is worth noting that the Kochs are global warming skeptics, a position detailed in several recent reports, including one in this week’s LA Times.  That story and others detail efforts by the Kochs — whose company runs oil pipelines, wells and refineries — to rein in the EPA and limit climate change regulation.  It’s a position that would put them at odds with a good many – not all – of the scientists the working at MIT’s maze-like jumble of environmental and energy research centers and academic departments.

New York Times columnist Frank Rich also suggests the Koch’s politics might put them at odds with some of the people in MIT’s Koch Institute as well...

The La Times offers an update this week in story reports on the Koch’s arrival as players in D.C.

Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the… (House Energy and Commerce Committee)… signed a pledge distributed by a Koch-founded advocacy group — Americans for Prosperity — to oppose the Obama administration’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases.  Of the six GOP freshman lawmakers on the panel, five benefited from the group’s separate advertising and grass-roots activity during the 2010 campaign.

The story goes on to report on Koch-supported committee members pushing a bill that would strip the EPA of its ability to curb carbon emissions...

The legislation is in line with the Kochs’ long-advocated stance that the federal government should have a minimal role in regulating business.  The Kochs’ oil refineries and chemical plants stand to pay millions to reduce air pollution under currently proposed EPA regulations.

Koch Industries is the country’s second-largest privately run company, a conglomerate of refining, pipeline, chemical and paper businesses.  Their products include Lycra and Coolmax fibers, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets.  Last year, Forbes magazine listed the brothers as the nation’s fifth-richest people, each worth $21.5 billion."