This Week on America’s Business

Americas Business with Mike HambrickOn this week’s “America’s Business,” OMB Director Rob Portman joins host Mike Hambrick to review the President’s State of the Union address with an eye toward manufacturing-related issues. The State of the Union is also the subject of a journalists’ roundtable with reporters Richard S. Dunham, White House correspondent for BusinessWeek, and Mary O’Driscoll of Greenwire/Energy and Environment Week.

Bjorn Lomborg, noted author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” discusses the scientific and public policy disputes related to climate change, a topic Mike also tackles in an interview with Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK. The ranking member of the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee, Inhofe is a sharp critic of what he calls “global warming alarmism.”

Assessing recent House passage of legislation to increase royalties and taxes on the oil industry are Mark Kibbe, senior tax-policy analyst for the American Petroleum Institute, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In our regular features, Phil Mullin of Garner Industries reports from “The Factory Floor” in Lincoln, Neb.; mounting “The Soapbox” to talk about asbestos issues is Kirk Liddell, president & CEO of Irex Corp. in Lancaster, Penn.; and the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was.”

President John Engler closes with “The Last Word,” commenting on the workplace intimidation that will result from passage of union-backed “card check” legislation.

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