Brooks Fahy is the Executive Director of Predator Defense, an animal advocacy organization based in Eugene, OR. Rick Swart is the spokesperson for the Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife. KBOO's Don Merrill talked with both of these experts about the recent euthanizing of a cougar in a Portland community, what they both think about why it happened and what needs to be done to keep it from happening in the future. 27:52 minutes (25.52 MB)
Activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant in Eugene this morning to protest the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest and ongoing pollution in West Eugene.
Several protestors locked themselves to equipment at the plant, effectively blocking the “truck dump” where biomass is loaded into the incinerator.
The plant releases an estimated 17,900 pounds of air toxins into West Eugene Neighborhoods annually.
There are three schools within three miles of the Seneca biomass facility.
For more information, KBOO’s Ken Jones spoke with Grace Warner of Cascadia Forest Defenders.
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Tom Becker hosts this latest report from the Old Mole, and we hear about threats to privatize our Postal Service; the contradiction between capitalism and a survivable planet; a novel about coming of age in a small town; and the music and radical politics of saxophonist Fred Ho who died recently.
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A healthy economy is one that is growing; but how long can a healthy planet sustain a growing economy? In a recent blog post, Alyssa Röhricht lays out the contradiction between capitalism and the survival of life on Earth. Tom Becker reads it for us. 8:14 minutes (5.66 MB)
On June 17, the Canadian government approved the hotly contested Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry diluted tar sands crude oil from Alberta to the British Columbia Coast. Since then, protestors have sat in at one Member of Parliament's office and chained and padlocked the offices of two others, among other actions against the decision.
B.C. indigenous or First Nations bands and organizations are generally united against the project, along with Canadian environmental groups and many towns along the pipeline route, as well as the Union of B.C. Municipalities. 7:56 minutes (40.05 MB)