BTS 1/29/07: Escalating Violence in Iraq; Global Climate Change; Libby Trial

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On tonight’s program we look at the escalating violence in Iraq and the militias behind it with journalist Dahr Jamail.

We then turn to the dire climate forecast: a report about to be issued in Paris warns of rising sea levels and higher temperatures, and it comes from the IPPC, the equivalent of the supreme court of climatologists. Have we reached a tipping point? Renowned physicist and energy technology expert Joseph Romm joins us.

And finally on tonight’s Beneath The Surface, the Scooter Libby trial is riveting Washington these days, and David Corn is covering it. We’ll ask him if any pink slips in the White House are likely to be its result.

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1. Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist who spent 8 months in Iraq and reports for various news outlets including Mother Jones' website, Inter Press Service, the Asia Times, and has published in The Nation, the Sunday Herald, Islam Online, the Guardian, and the Independent.

2. Joseph Romm, Ph.D. is executive director and founder of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, the premier progressive think tank. During the Clinton administration, Romm was Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy, where he headed the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He is the author of The Hype about Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate and stars in the documentary film “Who Killed the Electric Car.” Dr. Romm holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT. He is one of the world’s leading experts on clean energy technologies.

3. David Corn is the Washington editor of The Nation, the oldest political weekly in America, and a Fox News Channel contributor. He writes on a host of subjects, including politics, the White House, Congress, and the national security establishment. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, Newsday, Harper's, The New Republic, Mother Jones, The Washington Monthly, the LA Weekly, the Village Voice, Slate, Salon,,, and many other publications. He is the co-author (with Michael Isikoff) of Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (Crown, 2006). His book, The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception (Crown, 2003) was a New York Times bestseller. He currently writes a web column for The Nation called "Capital Games". He has a blog at that is part of the Pajamas Media network. He also blogs at