Gerry Pollet of Heart of America NW joins Abe to discuss the latest on the Hanford nuclear site.
Since its birth during the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has left a toxic legacy in its wake, from displaced populations to groundwater contamination to radiation in the Columbia River. Now, the U.S Department of Energy has proposed a "cleanup plan" that abandons large amounts of plutonium and other toxins at the site, and is even proposing using Hanford as a nationwide toxics disposal site.
Bill and Robin Hahnel start by talking about why he opposes markets when central to economic systems, advocating participatory economic planning, even in the case of so-called market-socialism, which Bill succinctly c competetively extracting profits to work. Robin points out that markets reward people for working against one another (he calls it anti-solidaristic behavior). However, Robin thinks there's a case to be made for the market approach to addressing global warming known as "cap-and-trade" - capping carbon emissions and then trading the derivatives. One key element is revising the Kyoto protocols to put carbon-emission caps on ALL countries.
Foreclosures and a look at the top economic issues out of the Oregon legislative session
Economic Fairness Oregon's Saadia McConville updating us on the struggle by a local soldier whose parents' home is being foreclosed, and a look at the top economic issues out of the Oregon legislative session. Call in at 503 231-8187.