Archive for May, 2010

Oil Washes Up on the Gulf Coast – and Forests as ‘Carbon Markets’

May 25th, 2010

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Oil is now washing up all along the Gulf Coast as a result of the disaster of an open, gushing BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Joining host Daphne Wysham with a first hand account of the ongoing disaster is Bob Deans, the director of federal communications for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Joining the conversation with a view on what’s occurring on Capitol Hill and the Obama Administration’s plans to continue offshore oil drilling is Kyle Ash, the senior legislative representative for Greenpeace.

Investigative reporter Mark Schapiro joins us to discuss his investigation on how forests in Brazil are becoming a commodity on the worldwide ‘carbon market.’ Mark is a senior correspondent for the Center for Investigative Reporting – and his series on the carbon market is for Frontline World.

Carbon Nation is a new feature film about the current revolution of entrepreneurs across America who are focusing on clean, renewable energy. We speak to filmmaker Peter Byck about his documentary in which some of these ‘climate pioneers’ don’t even believe that climate change is occurring. Or as one of Byck’s subjects puts it, “even if you’re a greedy bastard and you just want cheap power, you’d still do these things.”

Music in this week’s edition of the show is by Sanjay Mishra with special guest Jerry Garcia, the album is Blue Incantation. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

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Image: A Brown Pelican is cleaned at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center after it became coated with oil from the disastrous Gulf oil spill

As Gulf Oil Disaster Continues – More Drilling Moves Forward

May 20th, 2010

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Here is a live feed of the oil spill

Even conservative estimates say that about 5 million gallons of oil have gushed out of an open undersea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and there’s no plan to stop the major sources of oil from leaking.

The oil well rupture came after BP’s offshore oil rig exploded weeks ago, killing 11 workers. Now, even as that disaster continues nearly unabated, Shell Oil is pushing forward with plans to drill off the coast of Alaska.

Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss offshore drilling – and moves in the Senate to support even more drilling – is Jackie Savitz. the senior campaign director for Oceana’s Pollution campaigns.

Then a discussion about the economics of protecting the environment with Nobel Laureate in Economics – Elinor Ostrom. Ostrom was the first woman to win the prize, we spoke to her about her work on focusing on the ‘commons’ from the studios of Indiana University.

Music in this week’s edition of the show is ‘My Meditation” by Sanjay Mishra with special guest Jerry Garcia, the album is Blue Incantation. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Photo: NASA satellite image of the massive plume of oil off the Gulf Coast.

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Oil Still Gushing from BP Oil Well Disaster

May 13th, 2010

Thousands of gallons of oil continue to gush out of an uncapped oil well in the Gulf of Mexico as the companies responsible go to Washington to point fingers and place blame. BP blames Transocean. Transocean blames Haliburton. Haliburton blames BP.

Joining host Daphne Wysham in our Washington, DC studios to discuss the disaster and its effects both on the Gulf and in Washington is Nick Berning of Friends of the Earth, Bill Snape of the Center for Biological Diversity and David Helvarg, the president of the Blue Frontier Campaign.

Then a discussion with David Helvarg about his new book Saved by the Sea: A Love Story with Fish.

Music in this week’s edition of the show is ‘One Life’ by New Orleans music legend Kermit Ruffins. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

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Oil Disaster in the Gulf Coast

May 4th, 2010

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An oil disaster in the Gulf Coast as an offshore British Petroleum Drilling Platforms explodes – and oil gushes into the ocean.

Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Casi Callaway, the Mobile Baykeeper in Alabama about the environmental concerns of the oil disaster. Tyson Slocum, the energy director of the group Public Citizen, joins to to review BP’s long history of ignoring safety concerns and fighting government fines. And former oil broker and industry critic Chuck Hamel gives us an insider’s view of BP’s corporate culture – including the company’s encouraging workers to falsify safety statements. Hamel is on the board of POGO – the Project on Government Oversight.

Then, readings by acclaimed indigenous poet Allison Hedge Coke. Her books “Off-Season City Pipe” and “Dog Road Woman” involve autobiographical poems drawing on Allison’s background as a Native American, a tobacco sharecropper and factory worker. She’s won the 1998 American Book Award and has been nominated for two of the prestigious American literary prizes – the Pushcart Prizes.

Music in this week’s edition of the show is St. James Infirmary by New Orleans music legend Kermit Ruffins. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Image by Greg Palast, all rights reserved.

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