Twenty twelve is in the running for the hottest summer ever. As America, a global food powerhouse, struggles through another dire drought, Nation environment correspondent Mark Hertsgaard speaks with Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! about the immediate steps we need to take to stop climate change and halt global warming. That means pushing the government to stop subsidizing oil companies and getting serious about leaving a hospitable, healthy planet for future generations.

—Max Rivlin-Nadler