Coffee, Tea and VOE: A talk with Coffee Party PDX's Kristy Alberty and Common Cause Oregon's Nate Gulley
The Tea Party has captured the imagination of America's media industry if not the American people, lending it clout that far surpasses its numbers. Tea Party pressure has sent nervous Republican incumbents like Senator John McCain even more to the right. The Tea Party, however, remains a movement remains at heart a movement of negation: no taxes, no immigrants, no federal government. With their "Don't Tread on Me" flags and Obama-Hitler anologies, Tea Party activists have helped accelerate the decline of civil political discourse.
Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know." U.S. experiencing record budget deficits, pressures to increase on middle class? And consider this: the reason that BP is trying 'containment' or 'top kill' is that they want to be able to profit from the thousands of feet of hole that they've already produced. They know it has oil--we all do, now--so they want to "contain" it or plug it at the top ("top kill"), and that way they can save lots of money and still profit from the new "relief well." The new well will use imaging seismic technology and directed slant drilling to access the (considerable) remainder of the old hole.
In this special edition of Air Cascadia, Chris Andreae interviews George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fishermen's Association in St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana. Barisich discusses the catastrophe of the oil rig explosion in the Gulf, the reasons he's already filed a law suit against British Petroleum, and how the people of the Gulf have been affected by the disaster.
Moratorium on off-shore oil drilling and other legal issues related to the BP spill
Lewis and Clark law school professor Dan Rohlf discusses some of the legal issues involved in the BP oil spill and the moratorium on off-shore oil drilling.
Associate Professor Dan Rohlf teaches Wildlife Law, Environmental Litigation, and other courses in the law school's environmental and natural resources program. He also directs the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC), the law school's environmental law clinic).
In recent years a wide range of voices has been promoting nuclear energy as the solution to climate change. While it’s true that the actual nuclear processes within reactors produce no carbon emissions, nuclear boosterism overlooks a number of serious issues with nuclear power. Probably the most critical one is the still-unsolved problem of where to store all the nuclear waste. For many years it looked like the permanent repository for all of our country’s nuclear waste was going to be Yucca Mountain, 90 miles north of Las Vegas.