Today at Netroots Nation in Minneapolis at 2:30 pm ET, “The Green Miles” is moderating a panel entitled, “Progressives vs Polluters: Standing up for the EPA.” Panelists include Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), David Roberts of Grist, and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins of Green For All. Needless to say, anti-environmental extremists like Ken Kookinelli were not invited. Heh. Anyway, here’s the panel description; the video live stream is embedded above (I’ll probably just keep it up there after the panel ends). Enjoy!
The freshman class of the 112th Congress is loaded with Koch Industries-funded Tea Partiers who’ve arrived on Capitol Hill on a mission to dismantle America’s environmental and public health safeguards. They’re finding allies in oil state Republicans-and even a handful of coal state Democrats. So why are progressive legislators on Capitol Hill so ready to lock horns over the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act? Because the American people know that we can’t trust polluters to protect the air we breathe and the water that our children drink. Why is it so critical for the progressive community to rally to the EPA’s defense? What resources do progressive activists need from conservation groups to protect EPA’s authority to regulate carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act or to protect America’s streams under the Clean Water Act? And how can a public debate on these bedrock environmental laws frame choices for voters in 2012 and beyond on our air, water, energy and climate policies?
P.S. I tuned in a bit earlier and saw Krystal Ball on a panel, talking about – among other things – what it was like for her when the faux “scandal” over her “racy” college photos surfaced. Hopefully, the video of Krystal’s panel will be available at some point.