Background Briefing: July 18, 2023


As the Planet Bakes, Oil Companies Enjoy Record Profits From a Product that is Killing the Planet

We begin with global temperature records being broken as heat domes across 4 continents bake the planet from Rome where today’s high was 110 degrees to Phoenix, Arizona where you could fry eggs on the pavement. We discuss how the fossil fuel industry now making record profits is backsliding on promises to address global warming having massively profited from selling a dangerous product and now innocent people and governments across the globe are paying the price for their recklessness. Joining us is Naomi Oreskes, a Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. She served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was a consultant to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board and her books include Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, and Why Trust Science. Her latest book, co-authored with Eric Conway is The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market.


The Heritage Foundation Plan to “Deconstruct the Administrative State” and Install Trump as Dictator

Then we look into an alarming article in Monday’s New York Times “Trump and Allies Forge Plans to Increase Presidential Power in 2025” which reveals a $22 million presidential transition operation Project 2025 at the Heritage Foundation involving former Trump officials like Stephen Miller who want to radically strengthen the power of the White House and limit the independence of federal agencies so that Donald Trump can become dictator and do what he promised to “demolish the deep state” and “throw off the sick political class that hates our country.”  Joining us is Peter Strauss, the Betts Professor of Law Emeritus at Columbia Law School where he taught constitutional law, regulation, administrative law and public policy for over four decades. He spent three years as an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General, served as the first general counsel of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and is the author of the award winning essay, “Overseer or The Decider’? The President in Administrative Law.”


What if Trump Controlled the IRS, FDA, FTC, EPA and DOJ and Who Would Benefit?

Then finally we speak with Aziz Huq, a Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and is the co-author of Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror and How to Save a Constitutional Democracy, and his latest book is The Collapse of Constitutional Remedies. We discuss what it would mean if Trump controlled the IRS, FDA, FTC, EPA etc. and most importantly, the DOJ, and who would benefit from “the deconstruction of the administrative state.”