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Congress's coal-fired power plant

We devoted Thursday's Midday show to the idea of a green economic recovery, how the Obama administration might connect protecting the environment -- in particular, fighting global warming -- with economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction. Among our guests was the acclaimed environmental writer Bill McKibben. (See my Sunday column, and McKibben has an op-ed in today's WaPo.) It has been 20 years since McKibben's influential best-seller, The End of Nature, first was published. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and it was a great influence on Al Gore while he was a senator. . . . Bill McKibben is also an activist and he is headed to Washington to take part in Monday's protest at the coal-fired power plant that supplies heat and A/C to the U.S. Capitol. Yesterday, in anticipation of the protest, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi again called for its full conversion to natural gas. Meanwhile, NASA's top climate scientist, James Hansen, said he supported the act of civil disobedience, providing FOX News with a controversy to report. (Make sure you read the quote about God and global warming by the Republican congressman from California, Rohrabacher.) . . . Bill McKibben, on climate change, green recovery and civil disobedience to shake up Congress. Podcasts of the show are available on the WYPR  web site.

MIDDAY WITH DAN RODRICKS                                                        RODRICKS ON FACEBOOK

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