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Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or government funding. Our programming shines a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lifts up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. Democracy Now! is live weekdays at 8am ET and available 24/7 through our website and podcasts.
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  1. Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is "Fraudulent" Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit Pollution
    In South Dakota, the energy company TransCanada says it shut down part of its pipeline Thursday after a rupture spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in a field near Amherst. The pipeline carries a highly polluting form of oil called "diluted bitumen." This comes amid a new report titled "Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance," which exposes the dangers of carbon trading, a scheme in which major companies purchase carbon credits from countries who agree to plant trees or protect existing forests. We speak with one of the report's co-authors, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Isabella Zizi from Richmond, California, home to a massive Chevron oil refinery. Chevron has said it will purchase carbon credits to offset increased pollution from a recent expansion of the Richmond refinery.
  2. Key Architect of Paris Climate Accord: "We Cannot Combat Climate Change with More Coal"
    For more on the final assessment of this year's U.N. climate summit, we speak with one of the key architects of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. He was previously the environment minister in Peru. He is also the former president of COP20 and a key architect of the Paris Agreement.
  3. Activists Condemn Failure of COP23 to Address Interrelated Crises of Climate, Energy & Inequality
    On the last day of the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we get a wrap-up on negotiations. This year is the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, a process which takes four years. At this year's COP, a new coalition of 19 countries has committed to working toward phasing out coal, although many of these countries—including Britain—continue to expand fracking and other extraction projects. Also this week in Bonn, indigenous groups won increased recognition of their rights, autonomy and participation in negotiations. But many say this year's negotiations do not go nearly far enough to address climate change—especially as new research shows the threat is continuing to accelerate. We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, the climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth International, and Asad Rehman, the executive director of War on Want.
  4. "Keep It in the Ground": As COP23 Ends, Activists Protest at Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
    Throughout the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, activists have been protesting against fossil fuels. Early this morning, Democracy Now! drove about 45 minutes west of Bonn to the forests of western Germany, where activists unfurled a banner at the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe that read, "It's Up to Us to Keep It in the Ground." "You can't separate the peace movement from the climate movement," says Lea Heuser, winner of Germany's Aachen Peace Prize.
  5. Headlines for November 17, 2017
    House Approves Tax Cuts That Would Overwhelmingly Benefit the Rich, Sen. Al Franken, Photographed Groping Woman in 2006, Apologizes, Keystone Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons in South Dakota, WFP: 150,000 Yemeni Children Could Starve to Death from U.S.-Backed Blockade, U.S.-Led Coalition in Iraq Killing Far More Civilians Than Acknowledged, Russia Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Syrian Chemical Attacks, Zimbabwe: Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since Military Takeover, Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri, Killing 15, Burmese Military Accused of Widescale Rape Against Rohingya, DHS Official Rev. Jamie Johnson Resigns over Racist Comments, FCC Vote on Media Ownership Clears Way for Sinclair Broadcasting Expansion, Norway May Divest $35 Billion from Fossil Fuel Holdings, Senators Press Jared Kushner over Russia-WikiLeaks Documents
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