On 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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