Jeremy Schwartz is an investigative reporter for the ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative. He discusses the most recent actions by Republican activists to ban books in libraries and schools. This has been to the forefront in Texas by the governor, Abbott. We discuss a specific county about the announcement that “we are going to be more conservative” in their approach. A list of 130 books was presented to the review committee, even though only three were actually banned. However, those who wanted them banned have not conceded going forward, and want to revisit that decision. This has a chilling effect on librarians for future purchases. The students themselves oppose these bans.
Ben Elgin writes about business and climate change for Bloomberg and talks to us about carbon offsets. This is a Billion dollar market, but not regulated or controlled to test if offsets are really making a difference in the climate. No actual changes are being noted by climatologists, and many companies are benefiting from the carbon market without providing proof of different practices or outcomes. We are “paying owners to not do what they would not do anyway”. Changes are needed.