Daphne Wysham, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Tom Goldtooth: The American Clean Energy and Security Act and Climate Justice

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Cecil Corbin-MarkEnergy industry lobbyists have poured billions of dollars in recent weeks to water down the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. If passed, the bill, also known as Waxman-Markey for its sponsors Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA), would be the most significant US energy and climate legislation in a generation. While some environmental advocates are working to salvage the bill, others believe the basic "cap and trade" framework is flawed because it allows polluters to profit. How should climate justice activists engage with Waxman-Markey? How are global corporate forces positioning themselves in the climate debate? If not cap and trade, what policy alternatives exist and what strategies should climate justice activists pursue outside the beltway? Tammy Bang Luu hosts a roundtable discussion with Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Cecil Corbin-Mark of WE-ACT for Environmental Justice in New York, and Daphne Wysham of Sustainable Energy and Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies.