Archive for July, 2010

Climate Legislation Derailed, Gulf Coast Update, and Whistleblowers Blast EPA Carbon Offsets

July 27th, 2010


Congress throws in the towel on cap and trade provisions in the climate and energy bill, while EPA enforcement attorneys Laurie Williams and William Zabel come forward with the explosive claims that the proposed federal carbon offsets contain “unfixable flaws and waste, fraud and abuse as dangerous as those that nearly brought down the financial system.’ We explore in-depth the problems and prospects for comprehensive energy legislation with Marcia Cleveland, legislative representative for Friends National Committee on Legislation and Bill Snape, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity.

And three months into the Gulf Coast BP Deepwater Horizon oil blowout disaster,  people are seeing the face of unchecked corporate power and  are beginning to ask what sort of lasting reforms can make a difference to make sure the BP disaster never happens again. Antonia Juhasz, director of Global Exchange‘s Chevron Program and author of “The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry–and What We Must Do to Stop It ” joins us from Mobile, Alabama for a review of what can be done.

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Continuing Impact of Oil in Gulf Waters, Mining Whistleblower Speaks Out Against Massey, and UK Transition Towns

July 20th, 2010

The April 5th, 2000 Massey Energy coal mine explosion in Upper Big Branch, West Virginia, was the deadliest mining disaster in 40 years. Whistleblower Jack Spadaro speaks out against Massey Energy and US government officials who fired him for criticizing Massey’s failure to implement safeguards that could have prevented the discharge of toxic coal slurry–a spill at least 25 times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Spadero alleges that the same man who pushed him out under formerPresident George W. Bush in 2000 for investigating Massey wrongdoing is now playing a key role in the investigation of the Massey coal mine explosion in 2010.

Then, joining us after a recent trip to the Gulf of Mexico is David Helvarg, the author of ” Saved By the Sea: A Love Story with Fish” and founder and president of the marine conservation group Blue Frontier. Helvarg speaks about the effects of the BP oil spill on aquatic life and a promising stewardship initiative implemented by the Obama Administration to protect the oceans, coastlines, and Great Lakes.

Rob Hopkins, the co-founder of Transition Towns in the UK, speaks to host Daphne Wysham on the opportunities of peak oil. Transition Town Totnes (TTT), the original Transition Town, has served as a model for the 321 Transition Towns worldwide striving to sustain themselves in a world beyond oil.

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Oily Politics, USA Tests Nuclear Weapons on People & Thinking Outside the Bomb

July 13th, 2010


BP says it’s attached a new cap on its oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Plumes of oil have covered thousands of square miles of ocean waters and shoreline, leaving Gulf Coast communities reeling from the impact.

BP has squared off against the press, threatening photographers and other journalists with felonies if they come within 65 feet of their cleanup operations. Nevertheless, pictures of the despoiled ocean, oil-coated birds, turtles and marine mammals are making it into the public domain. Joining Earthbeat Host Daphne Wysham in the studio to discuss the the BP oil disaster are the Reverend Lennox Yearwood, the president and CEO of the HipHop Caucus. Joining the conversation after returning from a recent trip to the Gulf is Allison Fisher, Energy Organizer with the group Public Citizen.

Then, how the US Government tested nuclear weapons on the people living in the Marshall Islands. Bob Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, testified recently before Congress on how the government is now considering cutting off support for the roughly 62,000 affected islanders.

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Then, Thinking Outside the Bomb, how native Americans continue to be affected by nuclear weapons testing in the American West.

Image is a nuclear bomb test in the Pacific.

Hope and Inspiration at the US Social Forum

July 7th, 2010


Tales of hope and inspiration from the US Social Forum in Detroit.

In this edition, Host Daphne Wysham speaks with Reede Stockton of Global Exchange, who, together with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, has worked with the city of Mt. Shasta in challenging corporations trying to alter the weather for profit.

We hear from a young activist who is disseminating climate change survival strategies via youth-run media. We also hear from a seasoned energy activist, Al Weinrub, about a David and Goliath victory for clean energy in California.

And the Vietnamese fisherfolk that are being left behind as they try to pick up their lives in the aftermath of the BP oil blowout disaster in the Gulf.

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