Laurie Mercier talks with Eric de Place about proposed oil processing facilities in the Port of Vancouver (the largest ever in the PNW). The Tesaro terminals would bring in as much as half a million barrels of oil a day from the Alberta Tar Sands and other sites in North America. Eric reviews the recent history of both built and proposed oil infrastructure in Washington and Oregon. Eric explains how oil trains and infrastructure not only contribute to global ecological and economic volatility, but also how local ecologies and economies are systematically damaged by them, and how local communities are organizing against them. 13:05 minutes (11.98 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.
31:14 minutes (28.59 MB)
The Obama administration today released an update on its so-called “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.
The report advocates increased domestic oil and gas production, citing the nation’s economic growth and national security.
It endorses only a token increase in renewable energy production.
This report comes days before the president is expected to announce new greenhouse gas regulations for existing power plants.
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg about today’s announcement: 5:02 minutes (4.61 MB)
Portland Water Bureau continues to deal with the E.coli contamination by observing federal regulations for public safety. Portland is underway covering Powell Butte and Kelly Butte reservoirs.
For more on this story we turn to Barbara Nelson for KBOO evening news who spoke with David Shaff of the Portland Water Bureau:
6:18 minutes (5.77 MB)
Paul Roland talks with Ron Seifert of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas. They discuss criticisms of the No KXL movement and different approaches to confronting fossil fuel expansion and the climate crisis. 55:27 minutes (76.14 MB)
Guests Judy Goldhaft and Emmalyn Garrett (aka Lumen) are on hand to talk about thefFirst annual Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence - "A gathering dedicated to promoting bioregional awareness, Indigenous solidarity, alternative and horizontal governance tools, and community resilience in the Pacific Northwest." The event was held at Portland State University on April 20, 2014. Goldhaft is a dancer and long-time bioregional visionary. 52:29 minutes (72.08 MB)