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04/28/17 04/28/17 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from vermont, pbs, this is democracy now! resolutionng effective this friday. the president has that everything possible, worked extremely hard with congress to ensure we maintain the government -- to keep the government open. amy: president trump is hitting his 100th day in office without a legislative victory was the republicans called off their 11th hour attempt to revive a bill to repeal and replace the affordable care act. we'll go to capitol hill to speak with vermont congressman peter welch, chief deputy whip of the house democratic caucus.
thousands, if not tens or hundreds of thousands of climate activists from the around the country are converging in washington, d.c., for the people's climate march on saturday. trump has already begun dismantling president obama's , legacy and revived the keystone xl and dakota access pipelines. he has also put climate change deniers in charge of several key agencies, including the environmental protection agency and threatened to pull the u.s. out of the paris, the court. all this as scientists have confirmed 2016 was the warmest year on record. we will speak with 350.org founder bill mckiobben. >> physics is our enemy and it poses a different dish difficult time wit time limit. we have to have to work around trump one degree or another. amy: all of that and more, coming up.
welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the state of arkansas on thursday carried out its fourth execution in eight days, injecting 38-year-old kenneth williams with a three-drug cocktail that paralyzed him and stopped his heart. an associated press witness said williams' body jerked 15 times in quick succession as he was administered the drugs, before slowing for a final five movements. he was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. a spokesperson for republican governor asa hutchinson, who did not witness the execution, called williams' movements an involuntary muscular reaction. an attorney for williams called the claim a whitewash and called for an investigation. arkansas rushed to carry out an unprecedented series of killings as its supply of the sedative midazolam was set to expire at
the end of april. midazolam has repeatedly failed to make prisoners unconscious in other executions, leading to painful deaths. arkansas carried out kenneth williams' execution after the u.s. supreme court declined to intervene. ahead of thursday's execution, the daughter of one of william'' victims, kayla greenwood, pleaded for the state to call off its plans, writing -- "his execution will not bring my father back or return to us what has been taken, but it will cause additional suffering." the trump administration sent them as we continue with our headlines now -- the trump administration sent mixed signals on north korea thursday, as secretary of state rex tillerson said the u.s. is open to direct negotiations with kim jong un's regime over his country's nuclear program, while president trump hinted at a possible nuclear war.
trump made the remark in an interview with the reuters news service. prestrump: well, there is a havingthat we could end a major, major conflict with north korea. absolutely. amy: trump's comment came as secretary of state tillerson told npr he's open to direct talks with north korea if the country is serious about permanently abandoning its nuclear program. meanwhile, president trump told reuters south korea should pay the $1 billion price tag for a thaad missile defense system the u.s. recently began installing. trump suggested the u.s. could cancel a free trade deal between south korea and the united states if south korea doesn't accept this demand. back on capitol hill, house republicans have called off their efforts to revive a bill that would repeal and replace
the affordable care act. the white house had been pushing for a vote as early as today, as president trump sought to win his first major legislative victory ahead of saturday, which marks his 100th day in office. trump's initial push for a healthcare bill failed after members of the far-right freedom caucus insisted the legislation did not go far enough toward rolling back president obama's signature health care bill. the pentagon has launched an investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn after he ignored a warning by the defense intelligence agency not to collect payments by foreign governments. despite the warning, flynn accepted tens of thousands of dollars of fees from russian sources, including rt, the kremlin-funded television network. flynn's firm also collected more than for lobbying work that may $500,000 have benefited the government of turkey. on capitol hill, congressmember elijah cummings of maryland--the ranking democrat on the house
respect committee, said flynn appeared to break the law by accepting the payments. cook's we have no evidence that he obtained permission from the secretary of the army and the secretary of state to accept any foreign payments as required by law. amy: white house spokesperson sean spicer sought to deflect blame for the growing michael flynn scandal, noting the obama administration granted flynn security clearance in 2016. congressman cummings fired back, accusing spicer and the white house of covering up for flynn. president donald trump is set to sign an executive order today that would further expand offshore oil drilling in the pacific, atlantic, and arctic oceans. trump is expected to order a review of the government's five-year oil and gas drilling plan, seeking to reverse protections set by former president barack obama. trump's order comes as new data
show last month was the hottest march on record for a year without an el niño episode. the national oceanic and atmospheric administration says the average global temperature last month rose 1.8 degrees fahrenheit, or 1 degree celsius, above normal. the finding came as the mauna loa observatory in hawaii said atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide reached a record 410 parts per million this month. climate scientists say the maximum safe level is 350 parts per million. meanwhile, in washington, oregon senator jeff merkley introduced a bill thursday that would transition the u.s. to 100% renewable energy by 2050. >> our responsibility is to stop burning fossil fuels and stop putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. that is why we have to rapidly transition from in energy economy based on fossil fuels to one based on clean and renewable
energy. amy: senator merkley's bill came as climate activists from the around the country are converging on washington, d.c., on saturday for the people's climate march. over the past 100 days, trump has threatened to pull the u.s. out of the paris climate accord, begun dismantling president obama's climate legacy, and revived the keystone xl and dakota access pipelines. he has also put climate change deniers in charge of several key agencies, including the epa and proposed slashing the , budget of the epa and other climate programs. democracy now! will broadcast five hours of live coverage from the climate march saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. you can go to our website at democracynow.org to tune in. and after headlines, we'll speak with climate activist bill mckibben. in texas, state lawmakers have approved sb4, a harsh anti-immigrant bill that will outlaw sanctuary cities and allow police officers to check
the immigration status of anyone they detain. the texas house of representatives approved the bill on a final vote of 94-53 thursday afternoon after a marathon debate wednesday evening that stretched past 3:00 a.m. texas democratic representative mary gonzalez of el paso broke down in tears as she recounted how she was a victim of sexual assault, pleading with her colleagues to reject an amendment that she says will prevent undocumented immigrants from contacting police or testifying in court. >> the people who will feel the biggest effects of this are the most vulnerable are the women and the children who are survivors of sexual assaults, of rape, human traffickers. the people we're supposed to make them save. if i have the bravery to stand up here and tell you things that
i don't like to share in hopes that maybe it will change your thingto not do the wrong -- i am asking you to be as brave as me. despite her plea the republican-dominated house , approved the amendment. democrats warned the measure will lead to racial profiling. republicans also rejected an amendment that would have prohibited police from interrogating children about their immigration status. the debate drew hundreds of protesters, who dressed in black and packed the capitol rotunda and house gallery. the house version of sb4 will have to be reconciled with a senate version of the bill, which texas governor greg abbott has promised to sign. in washington, d.c., homeland security secretary john kelly officially opened the office of
voice. that is the victims of immigration crime engagement. the trump administration says is aimed at helping the victims of crimes committed by unlawful immigrants. >> we're giving people were victimized by illegal aliens, for the first time, a voice of their own. all crime is terrible, but these here,s, as represented are unique. they're all too often ignored. amy: critics say the voice program will demonize undocumented immigrants, comparing it to germany's nazi-era policy of publishing lists of crimes committed by jews. meanwhile, a hotline set up by voice to report crimes committed by aliens has been flooded with calls from people reporting they have been victimized by extraterrestrials. one twitter user urged her followers to dial the hotline at 1-855-48-voice, tweeting --
"i plan on calling every day to report how badly these green aliens from outer space are treating me. how about you?" in syria witnesses said , warplanes bombed a pair of hospitals in the rebel-held province of idlib on thursday, killing 10 people including two , newborn babies. the union of medical care and relief organizations says eight medical facilities in idlib were deliberately attacked so far this month, leaving thousands without access to medical care. local medics said either russian or syrian planes were to blame for the assaults. the attacks came as israel launched a series of airstrikes around damascus' main airport. the strikes appeared to target weapons caches bound for hezbollah in neighboring lebanon. in the gaza strip and the occupied west bank, palestinians shut down businesses and halted services thursday in a general strike held in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in israeli jails. this is hebron resident shadia sultan.
>> the solidarity is very nice and organized. everything is closed. everyone is in solidarity with prisoners, even the store owners who have put up closed signs saying "today we're on strike in solidarity with the prisoners." amy: more than 1000 prisoners began refusing food on april 16 to protest poor conditions in israeli jails, as well as israel's policy of administrative detention, which allows palestinians to be held for months without trial. in senegal, a court has upheld a life sentence for the former u.s.-backed dictator of chad, hissene habre, who was convicted last year of crimes against humanity. a 1992 truth commission in chad determined habre systematically tortured his opponents, killing up to 40,000 people during his eight years in power in the 1980's. habre was tried in a special african union-backed court established after a two-decade-long campaign led by his victims.
in brazil, labor unions have called a nationwide general strike today to protest president michel temer's plans to dramatically roll back pensions and weaken labor laws. organizers predict it will be the largest work stoppage in brazil's history. the strike comes just over a year after the impeachment of former president dilma rousseff, who called her ouster a coup, amid a huge corruption scandal involving much of brazil's congress and a third of president temer's cabinet. back in the united states, a union representing some 5000 workers at chicago-area nursing homes have authorized a strike next week, as long-running contract talks stalled over wages and staffing levels. the service employees international union says the employers began negotiations asking nursing home workers to accept less than minimum wage. the strike would begin as a rolling series of work stoppages beginning may 4.
united airlines has reached a settlement with dr. david dao, a passenger who was beaten and dragged from a united flight earlier this month after he refused an order to give up his paid seat. as part of the deal, dr. dao will not disclose the terms of the settlement or the amount paid out. viral video of the incident shows a bloodied dr. dao being dragged semi-conscious down the aisle of a united jet by an airline security officer. dr. dao reportedly suffered a concussion, broken nose, lost teeth in the attack. after 17 years on the air, one of the longest running community news programs, "free speech radio news," will go dark after its last weekly broadcast today. the worker run news collective produced a daily news hour for pacifica radio network until 2014 when it switched to weekly. fsrn helped pioneer a decentralized grassroots model for independent, international journalism with reporters covering issues in their
communities. it has struggled to find firm financial footing. and in new york city, hundreds of people rallied thursday at city hall and then marched to the metropolitan correctional center federal prison on the first anniversary of the arrest of the "bronx 120" -- 120 young men who were arrested en masse in what's been described as the largest police raid in new york city history. the city says the militarized raid on the eastchester gardens public housing project targeted gang members. but family members and residents say the raid racially targeted young black men, many of whom, they say, were not part of the gangs. the organizers of thursday's rally say more than new yorkers 1000 have been arrested in a series of mass police raids over the last year alone. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. just hours before a deadline, congress has averted a government shutdown by working on a short-term spending bill and a broader deal to fund agencies through september. without the extension, federal
agencies would run out of money by midnight tonight. one of the key disputes stemmed from trump's demands that the government funding bill allocate $1.4 billion for border wall construction. in the midst of negotiations, he lashed out at congressional democrats thursday with a series of tweets, writing -- "i promise to rebuild our military and secure our border. democrats want to shut down the government. politics!" white house spokesperson sean spicer addressed the budget fight during his daily press briefing. >> there needs to be a continuing resolution effective this friday. the president has done every thing possible, work extremely hard with congress to ensure that we maintain a government -- keep the government open. the democrats at the last minute have come in and thrown a lot of monkey wrenches into the ability to get this done. despite the president doing every thing he can to show good faith to keep this going.
amy: speaking earlier this week, new york senator chuck schumer expressed hope that a deal would be reached. >> the democratic and republican leaders of both the house and senate were making good progress . i am very hopeful we can get a budget done by friday. we have asked the president not to interfere. if he doesn't interfere, we can get this done. if you demand things, poison pills like the wall, which not only democrats, but republicans oppose -- every single republican on the border, texas, arizona, new mexico oppose it. we can get this done. we ask them to let us do our work am a not throw in some last-minute poison pills that could undo it. and we could get this done. amy: this comes as house republicans have called off their efforts to revive a bill to repeal and replace the affordable care act. the white house had been pushing for a vote as early as today, as president trump sought to win his first major legislative victory ahead of saturday, which
marks his 100th day in office. in just a moment, we are going to capitol hill where we're joined from the russell rotunda by vermont congressman peter welch chief deputy whip of the , house democratic caucus. we will go to break and then come back with the vermont congress member. this is [captioning made possible by democracy now!] this is democracy now!, democracynow.org. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are broadcasting from vermont tbs as we continue our many city tour around the country. we will be in washington covering the people climate march tomorrow from 10:00 in the morning eastern to 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. but we right now are joined in the russell rotunda by vermont congressmember peter welch, chief deputy whip of the house democratic caucus.
welcome back to democracy now! it is great to have you with us. can you start off by assessing president trump's first 100 days and where you are in congress right now on this eve of the 100th day? >> it is pretty much of a mess. the border wall he promised has not gone up -- they could miss. the ban on muslims coming into the country has been declared unconstitutional, so we have a check and balance operating with the judiciary so far. we are having the health care debate -- it was a complete failure. a lot of the big-time promises the president made he has failed to deliver on. the first 100 days, they are important because there are three things we president can do. number one, make good on promises he made during the campaign. what you have seen is an inability on the part of the president to do that. number two, an opportunity to create unity in the country. the president is given a
honeymoon, republican or democrat. that requires them to reach out where there is some common ground. there were two opportunities for president bush that he squandered -- or president trump that he squandered. one was the infrastructure. they have not presented a plan. two, lowering the cost of prescription drugs. forpresident has said he is that. democrats are all in on that. but there is no plan. the third thing is the president can identify what he or she is going to focus on in the next four years and identify the big challenge in the country. the big challenge in the country is income inequality. everything the president has proposed with -- would intensify it, accelerate it, not diminish it. i think it is been a pretty poor showing for the first 100 days. amy: we all know he did not succeed in revealing obamacare the first time. then there was this 11th hour
effort to do it again. what happened? >> it was never in the cards because the plan is not even written. what happened on health care is that the republicans own this thing. they had kind of a lounge act. for attacked obama care seven years. they said they had a replacement. the replacement arrived and it was not written. so they really did not have a plan. they substituted a health care plan with something that was going to be a tax cut, in effect. 24 million people lost their health care over 10 years. we were going to have a $1 trillion shift out of health care as a tax cut would essentially to people making over 200 $50,000, but largely over $1 million. the 400 wealthiest families in the country under that "health-care bill," were going to get a check for $7 million. this was not a health care plan.
it was never written. you had controversy on the republican side between the freedom caucus who wanted basically no coverage whatsoever, and the moderates, who are really concerned some people in the district were going to lose coverage. it collapsed. i think there are struggling with that conflict. amy: what happened with the spending bill? signed as wet been go to broadcast. >> there's been an effort on the part of the president to inject things like defunding planned parenthood or money for the wall , which are nonstarters on the democratic side. -- they can't keep the lights on in government without some democratic votes. the democrats, rightly, and i strongly support this, are unwilling to essentially have keeping the lights on in government held hostage to get the wall the president wants. wall funding or defunding planned parenthood. at the end of the day, i think
they're going to put down their demands and will keep the lights on in government. let me give some context. it is now the end of april. the budget we're talking about was supposed to begin last october. we don't have a budget. we have a continuing resolution where basically we're operating under last year's numbers. the fundamental responsibility of the legislative body is to pass a budget. we have not done that during the entire time that paul ryan has been the speaker of the house. it has not gone well. that is really bad for the country. amy: in an interview with reuters, president donald trump has warned there is a chance we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. absolutely. and then you have the secretary of state rex tillerson saying that he might engage in direct talks with north korea.
can you talk about what is happening right now? >> what we see with president trump is he just flies off -- whatever is in his head comes out in his mouth or in the form of h we. when he is talking about military action in north korea, it is pretty reckless. think about it. north korea has artillery pieces. they have like 30,000 within 30 miles of seoul. seoul has millions of people living there, including almost 300,000 americans. so any military action on our part is going to have massive retaliation. the military action is not realistic without this having is drawn into a conflagration and hundreds of thousands of people possibly losing their lives. that is a really bad situation. i think the president should be talking diplomacy, not making a reckless threat of military action where it is going to be very damaging. a lot of people would lose their
lives. to what you go back president trump did propose yesterday, which was -- this week, the tax plan and how you would assess this plan? who benefits and who loses? >> the bottom line is, what he does is propose about $5 trillion addition to the deficit. it would significantly lower taxes. if you were in the top 1% of this country, it is a pretty good plan for you. if you or anyone else, it is pretty bad. first of all, it is only on one page. there is no details. there is no detail on this whatsoever, except in the broad strokes. it would add five choice in dollars to $720 to the deficit. it would add a lot of individuals to essentially get that hedge funds exemption. instead of paying taxes that 35%, 36%, they come down to 15%.
it would eliminate the estate tax that would benefit about 5000 to 6000 families in the u.s.. most families do not have to pay the estate tax. i think a number of reasons to be strongly against this. first, it would hurt economic growth. we saw what happened in the bush tax cuts, the promise it produces growth, doesn't work. accelerates income inequality. that is a major issue of our time. it shifts an enormous amount of benefits to very wealthy people at the expense of the middle-class and lower income people and at the expense of investing and our economy. third, the deficit is something -- aggressive should talk about because what happens here is if all do a tax cut, it shifts of this money to the high income folks and to corporations. the next year when the deficit goes up, it is a result of that tax cut. there is enormous pressure to cut the budget. and then blame the deficit on "
too much spending" as opposed to tax cuts we never paid for. this is a very ominous direction the president is taking because neck of the on the middle class. it guarantees we won't have the investment in an verse structure, sustainable health care, making college affordable -- infrastructure, sustainable health care, making college affordable. in my view, this is a very reckless plan. the good news is, i think it won't pass. cuts,he capital gains tax talking about reducing from 35% addingat is, what is it, $3 trillion to the deficit? how does this square with deficit hawks in congress? >> we have noticed the deficit
hawks, unfortunately, suspend their convictions in favor of a tax cut. i was reading comments from one of my republican colleagues who says he is a deficit hawk. he says we have to endure the pain of a deficit. the "weak" turns out to be the market people. the benefit goes to the very wealthy. here.is hypocrisy it does not work. i think the interesting thing for me is that i think progressives have to be concerned about this deficit because it serves to become a tool, an argument after the deficit goes up as a result of these unpaid for tax cuts. there is enormous pressure to bring down spending on all of those things that middle-class america needs, including infrastructure and job-creating opportunities. y the way, there's another -- amy: i want to ask you -- >> i was just going to say, donald trump -- i will stop.
i'm sorry. go ahead. amy: no, go ahead. >> what i'm noticing the first 100 days is something that is kind of puzzling. donald trump won in rural america. every one of his policies, trying to repeal health care, this tax system that is an enormous shift of wealth to the all of theses -- things are really punishing to rural america. he is going literally for policies that hurt the people who elected him and put their confidence in him. so that is a political puzzle to me, because it does not make sense to give the back of your hand to the people who got you across the finish line. amy: how do his plans increase inequality in this country? >> if you have a health care plan where 24 million people who have health care today lose it, that is pretty bad.
if you have a health care plan where a lot of these community hospitals all around the country have gone from redding to black ink because all of the free care they had been giving are now covered by medicaid, that really hurts rural america were summoned to those hospitals are placed. the tax plan is one where the inefits go to the elites urban areas and corporations. it just sucks more money out of rural america. those are direct policies that will be crushing to the economic prospects of folks, especially in rural america. it is an all other -- an all-out assault. net neutrality, we're talking about that. more than any other section of the country, we need broadband buildout in rural america. the economy is struggling. if we are going to create jobs, we have to have a robust internet. we have to have access to the internet, whether you are a
,mall entrepreneur in a garage no different than if you're in new york city or san francisco or l.a. i am surprised he is allowing his fcc commissioner now to propose, essentially, getting rid of net neutrality. we will end up with fast lanes and slow lanes and prioritization if they're successful. that hurts rural america. amy: so how can congress weigh in? you're talking about ajit pai, from right-wing group, where he reallyt his plan to dismantle net neutrality, a plan that is backed by the koch brothers and classified the internet is a public utility, leaving the industry to largely police itself. every greer of the digital rights group said --
how can congress weigh in here? >> first, we are weighing in. i serve on the telecom committee. mike doyle is the chairman of the committee. we are mobilizing our colleagues to fight, make the arguments, have hearings. we are going to be doing all that we can. there's another reality here. the republicans enjoy a majority in the house and senate. so we don't have the numbers to push them back. it is why evan greer, what he says, the mobilization of people him is absolutely so important. if it is just the democrats in congress fighting for net neutrality without the demonstration of widespread grassroots support, we're not going to succeed. if you remember, when in chairman wheeler was considering this whole issue, there was an enormous outpouring from the public about protecting net
neutrality. i think it had an influence. chairman wheeler came down to the decision and he was in excellent fcc commissioner, but we have a new team in town. that public organization i think is absolutely crucial. it is not just congress. we don't have the numbers. we need help from the folks outside. amy: we're talking to congressmember peter welch in the russell rotunda in washington, d.c. he is the sole vermont congressmember. we're here in burlington at vermont pbs. i want to ask you about, it's not your colleague elijah cummings the top democrat on the , house committee on oversight and government reform. he spoke thursday about the investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn. >> i'm releasing a letter that was sent directly to general flynn october 8, 2014, from the office of general counsel at the
defense intelligence agency. his former agency. this letter explicitly warned general flynn as he entered retirement that the constitution prohibited him from accepting any foreign government payments without advanced permission. the pentagon's warning to general flynn was bold, italicized, and could not have beenlearer. we have no evidence that he obtained permission from the secretary of the army and the secretary of state to accept any foreign payments as required by law. amy: that is maryland commerce member of elijah cummings. congressman peter welch, just to correct what i said, you are the only congressman from vermont. of course, there are two senators. it you join with your democratic
colleagues in the house oversight committee in demanding white house documents on michael flynn. what are you looking for here? you also have the trump administration blaming president obama for giving michael flynn security clearance. >> first, with respect to general flynn, we are looking for evidence of the payment that he received from foreign governments that would be in violation of the law. there is an immense amount of evidence. he has acknowledged some of this, that he was on the payroll , getting conversation from foreign governments during the time he had security clearance. there are serious questions about him being in absolute violation of the law. that is the issue with respect to general glenn. the second issue, the one that is really ongoing, is the russian connection. and what was it, if any, and the campaign. there is no question, all of the intelligence agencies have acknowledged the russians still worldly -- still really hacked
and disseminated information in an effort to tip the balance in that campaign. the question is, whether trump campaign associates were participating and engaged in ongoing discussions with any of the russian operatives. we don't have the answer to that question, but we deserve the answer to that question. that is the point of these investigations that are incurring in the intelligence committees and the house and senate. amy: commerce member peter welch, we will leave it there. i want to ask you one question going on not only in vermont around the country, and that is the issue of sanctuary cities. -- we are innt burlington, burlington becoming a sanctuary city, montpelier, the capital. talk about what this means and the resistance at the state and local levels to the trump administration immigration policies and cooperating with ice arrests.
>> first of all, i think there is a norma's citizen reaction -- enormous citizen reaction to the president's fears hostility toward immigration and towards undocumented workers and good citizens -- good people in this country. building the wall, vilifying hispanics, you're just seeing people across this country say, wait a minute, that is not the america i know. this is athere is -- local control issue in many respects. the local police department in your city and mine essentially -- or is it the primary responsibility to protect and enforce the laws in that community and make that community a safer place? some of this is push back by local communities who don't think their police forces should be pushed around by the political agenda of president trump. you are seeing a combination of political leaders saying, hey, we want to have our police
forces protecting our people and enforcing our laws. you are seeing citizens rejecting the dragnet approach that president trump is taking toward immigration. discretionlot of that law-enforcement agencies have. it is appropriate law enforcement to have discretion. if you're going three miles over the speed limit, most police officers won't give you a ticket even though "legally" they could. does it istion that really aggressive. i think that is what your thing with the century city movement. welch,mmerce meant peter thank you for being with us, these all u.s. congressman from vermont, chief deputy whip of the house democratic caucus on theeve of the 100th day of trump administration. when we come back, we will turn to his fellow for a monther, who is also in washington, bill
amy: this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. to mark the 100th day of donald trump's presidency, climate activists from the around the country are converging on washington d.c., on saturday for , the people's climate march. over the past 100 days, trump has threatened to pull the u.s. out of the paris climate accord, begun dismantling president obama's climate legacy, and revived the keystone xl and dakota access pipelines. trump has also put climate change deniers in charge of several key agencies including , the environmagency and propose , budget of the epa and other
climate programs. this comes as scientists have confirmed 2016 was the warmest year on record and that the amount of carbon in the earth's atmosphere is now at a new high , recently topping 410 parts per million for the first time in human history. ahead of saturday's march, organizers of the people's climate march recently released this short video. >> all the way from the arctic, all the way from the gulf. standing side-by-side, refusing to give in. >> climate change has happened. reality. we are dying. believer in big man-made climate change. >> same construction can resume. >> comes a administration
ordered a media blackout. >> we tell them, no more. >> this is the greatest uniting we've seen in the country in a very long time. our emotions are not for sale to the highest oil and gas -- >> it is about public health. it is about jobs. it is about justice. amy: well, activities are already underway in washington, d.c., ahead of tomorrow's people's climate march. thursday night indigenous , activists took over the intersection outside of trump international hotel and shut it down by performing a round dance. this is indigenous environmental network organizer joye braun. !> stand up, fight back
>> what do you do when the water is under attack? stand up, fight back! what trump't matter says. in the end, we're still going to be standing. in the end, no matter what he tries to put through up there on the hill, we're going to overturn it. you have to have faith. amy: democracy now! will broadcast five hours of live coverage from the climate march saturday beginning 10:00 a.m. eastern time. you can go to democracynow.org to tune in. for more now, we go to washington, d.c., where we are joined by bill mckibben, co-founder of 350.org. usual here in vermont, but now in washington for the climate march. bill, what are the plans? normally, amy, i would rather be in vermont with you. i got to say, washington is
pretty exciting right now. that round dance last night was amazing. at the same time, or just before, there was a big party at the hip-hop caucus headquarters were dr. beverly wright, the environmental justice plane near , was honored and so was the great singer anthony smith. this town is starting to buzz. --urday is going to be saturday is going to be intense. in part because they're forecasting the hottest april 29 on record for washington, d.c. it will be beautiful weather, but, please, bring a water bottle and some sunscreen and wear a hat. it gets a something clever, but make sure it is on top of your head. it is going to be a remarkable day as people march and is people surround the white house and then sit down for a while. i guess people are saying it is going to be one of the biggest sit-downs if not one of the biggest sit-ins.
we are well aware of what trump has done in his first 100 days. people are organized all over the place to fight back. massingk about who is -- organizing this massive assembly and why you're doing it now. >> not me, and the first place. there are hundreds of groups involved in this organizing. they have run the spectrum. in the lead, as usual, the environmental justice group's, indigenous groups, the people who have been leading this fight from the start. a really big addition this time around is the large, large participation by the labor movement. people have tried to make out there is a split between environmentalism and labor over the years. if that was ever true, it becomes less so all the time. nurseslike seiu and the and the transportation workers and everybody just flooding in for this fight.
it is going to be -- well, it is going to be not carried out in the hope we can convince donald trump to do something different. we can't. the gop in congress, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, isn't going to do anything, either. we are well aware of that. what we are doing is laying down the most serious of markers about the future. and one of the numbers that will be on everybody's lips is 100, as in 100% renewable energy. yesterday, i stood with jeff merkley, the senator from oregon. and bernie sanders, who i think may come from the very state you are in today. they put forward really a landmark piece of legislation. for the first time, they said we need 100% renewable energy. not, we need some solar panels and we need some fracking wells.
not the all of the above energy policy that the obama administration favored. instead, finally saying, we are ready to go, 100%. the technology is clearly there. the price of a solar panel keeps plummeting, which is why it is so absurd to watch donald trump try to somehow revive the expensive and dirty coal industry. we are ready to go, and now we have got, i think, what is going to be the flag around which progressives rally. nothing less than 100% will do. i know "washington post" article is headlined "the come to buy the dakota access pipeline is in another controversy." it details how energy transfer partners, the company behind the dakota access pipeline, has now twice spilled drilling fluids in ohio wetlands this month while constructing the $4.2 billion gas pipeline, the rover pipeline, which is slated to
stretch from appalachia to ontario, canada. one included 2 million gallons of drilling fluid. bill mckibben, your response? >> i guess i can't say it comes as in enormous surprise, amy. there have been does any pipeline company you look at, transcanada or energy transfer partners, they all have a long list of these kind of spills. some of them a few thousand dollars, some a few hundred thousand gallons. that is precisely why people at standing rock were so right to say, do not put this across our water supply. we know what will happen. we do not know the day it will happen, but we do know it will happen. that is why people are standing up again to fight the keystone pipeline in the brassica -- in nebraska and elsewhere. everyone is well aware what this industry is about. it engages not only in those
kind of practices, polluting water, but polluted our political life now for a quarter-century. one of the really powerful things going on in this country right now is watching attorney general's like air schnider men generalsrk -- attorney take on those that systematically have lied, that exxon is the mainly in the crosshairs right now, but systematically lied for a quarter-century. those cases are advancing. in new york judge has taken the exxon case under her wing now and i think we are going to see remarkable disclosures about all of the things that they knew all along. amy:. : the significance of 410 parts per million. your group is called 350.org. >> anything greater than 350 parts per million is more than
the planet can safely deal with. it is what is overwhelming our climate system will stop we were going up about reports per million per year. two days ago, for the first time in we think at least 5 million years, the planet broached the 410 parts per million level. it will go down for a while and then back up. eventually, we will always be above 410, then for 20, and 430. we just keep pouring more carbon into the atmosphere. the toll it is taking is now not some future or abstract threat, it is what happens every day. the latest demos we have for march, they showed that march was the fourth largest month we have records on dating back to the 1880's. the warmest month in a non-el niño evening. that is to say, we are in a permanent el niño now. the temperature is always elevated.
march so record lows for the date in global sea ice. that is really, really scary. we are melting some of the biggest physical futures on our earth. but it is not just remote places. pakistan, which is always a pretty hot place, crushed all its heat records a couple of weeks ago. it was 122 degrees in april. up in siberia, this year's massive wildfires began in april. these are not good signs. not at all. not for billions of people on this earth who are living close to the edge. i think the place maybe to watch with the greatest worry right at the moment, to try to help the most, maybe those parts of africa around somalia that are in during a climate-caused and really record-breaking drought. "the times" said not long ago it may be the greatest humanitarian
crisis since the end of world war ii. humanitarian crises happen, so to political instability. this is the world we are building and building fast. it is the world that people are trying somehow to slow down. that is what this march on saturday is about. that is what this bill introduced yesterday by jeff merkley and sanders is about. we're looking -- trying very hard to bring down this fossil fuel machine before it does any more damage. amy: bill mckibben, president trump is signing an executive order today that would further expand offshore oil drilling in the pacific, the atlantic, and arctic oceans. president trump also ordered this week a review of national monuments, potentially opening up millions of acres of public mining, andilling,
logging. trump said his executive order was aimed at reversing obama's use of the 1906 antiquities act to protect federal land from development. the significance of these executive orders? will he be able to move forward and do this? >> he will be able to do some of it. they spent part of the week talking about how they're one to be trying to do more trolling for oil and gas in national parks. who wants to go look at old faithful when you can see a derek pumping up and down someplace? look, they're doing everything they can on the koch brothers fossil fuel industry wish list. these guys have waited a long time for absolute power. they have got it. they are making the most of it. the only be's of good news is it is incredibly -- the only piece of good news is it is incredibly unpopular. the polling shows the one that is most out of whack with americans'opinions are these attacks on the environment.
it means, too, that people are going to have to start stepping up a little bit in other places. i noted this week after an amazing six-year campaign by students and faculty and alumni at harvard university, the richest and most famous educational institution on the planet, more or less, announced it was divesting from fossil fuel. it did not use those words because it would be too embarrassing, i guess, for it to back down on its strident position on divestment. but it's investment managers -- awe put a positive figh pause on fossil investment and don't think we will resume. people are realizing that they cannot has the buck to the government because the government, as far as environmental protection, doesn't exist. they're going to have to bite the bullet a little themselves. look, there are no solar lining's to trumpism.
this is an unmitigated disaster. it's open at least it else people find their courage and this resistance. saturday will be another episode in this ongoing saga of citizens stepping up. citizenship has been out of fashion for some decades in our country, but now it is back in fashion. weekends are for fighting tyranny. that is why it is going to be really fun to see democracy now! and everybody else out on the mall on saturday. amy: why does marching matter, in this last 30 seconds? and are these marches happening around the country? >> marches all over the country. they matter. it is a beautiful week of action. it began with the scientists marching last week, and marching about facts. and now it is the rest of us who are not scientists, which we can take those facts and news them to turn into action.
that is what we are marching for. the marching -- the action won't come in the short run from d.c.. we need to come together once in a while from our work out in the world fighting every pipeline and coal mine and backing every solar panel and windmill. we need to come together sometimes and show our strength so the trump administration at its 100th day is under no illusions that people are somehow in a fog. we know absolutely what this guy is doing. off aboute pisssed it. amy: bill mckibben, thank you for being with us co-founder of , 350.org. that does it for our broadcast. we will be broadcasting saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. eastern standard time for the people's climate march. where ilete list of will be speaking, go to democracynow.org.
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