Election Recap, Coal in Philadelphia, Tonight’s GOP Debate: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on November 9, 2011

1:06pm: WFPL news staff and cn|2’s Kenny Colston to look back at last night’s election results and ahead at what’s next for city and state.

1:35pm: Coal produces nearly half the electricity in the U.S., but the mercury, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide it emits also make it one of the most controversial energy sources. New EPA regulations and a national Sierra Club campaign to try to shutter the industry have added to rising anti-coal sentiment. For many environmental activists, coal represents an old, dirty source of power, but for coal-mining communities around the country, the story is different.

1:40pm: Tonight’s GOP debate in jobs-starved Michigan was supposed to focus on economic issues, with the candidates, including Michigan native son Mitt Romney, on the defensive for opposing the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. But the charges of sexual harassment against front runner Herman Cain now loom large over the debate. Cain rival and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said the issue is “sucking all the oxygen out of the room, depriving the people of this country from a conversation about the issues that really do matter.” We’ll talk about it.

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