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Former FBI Director Faces Questions, and What We Know About Climate Change: Thursday’s Show (June 8, 2017)

(Above: Former FBI Director James Comey, who will testify before the Senate today. AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Former FBI Director James Comey testified for about two hours Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He faced questions about his conversations with President Donald Trump, the FBI’s investigation of possible Trump campaign connections to Russia, and his […]

(Above: Former FBI Director James Comey, who will testify before the Senate today. AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Former FBI Director James Comey testified for about two hours Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He faced questions about his conversations with President Donald Trump, the FBI’s investigation of possible Trump campaign connections to Russia, and his handling of the investigation of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we get your reaction to the testimony and offer local analysis from Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s podcast Party Politics, and Josh Blackman, associate professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Also this hour…

State Climatologist John Nielsen Gammon

When President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords, it served as a reminder that, while nearly all the rest of the planet has come together to pledge a willingness to do something about human influence on our changing climate, there’s still disagreement in political ranks here over exactly what to do.

And there are still some folks who just don’t believe in climate change — period. As astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is fond of saying, “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” With that in mind, we turn to Texas State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon to discuss the science of climate change – what we know, and how we know it. And we’ll leave the politics out of it.

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