George Barisch is the president of the United Commercial Fishermens Association representing Gulf fisherfolk from Louisiana and beyond. He's been a fisherman for over 30years. And he also has a law degree. Barisch was the first up to sue BP. Barisch has got more in store for the company and its cohorts, Transoceanic and Halliburton. The disaster is clearly the evil seed of the private sector. But it has its public face als: the US Minerals Management Service. The USMMS and the oil industry are virtually the same animal. "Inspections" are de facto handshakes and in the case of foreign-registered vessels and oil rigs, they barely touch down. The Deepwater Horizon, for example, is registerd in the Marshall Islands.&nb
As part of KBOO's special day of programming about the BP Oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico - Stop the Oil – Save the Gulf! this episode of Locus Focus looks at two under-reported stories coming out of the Gulf.
Paul Ceinfuegos spoke June 3rd, 2010 at the Village Building Convergence in Portland. The essence of his talk is that these times call for very bold thinking and action to implement massive change. He says it is the citizens of a democracy, we the people, that have the right to a government where the people rule!
He points out that the emerging scientific consensus is that US needs to cut its greenhouse gases by 70 - 90% within 10 - 20 years or the world faces catastrophic climate disruption. Corporate power and profiteering stand in the way. Cienfuegos reminds us that corporate power has not always been so entrenched, and he provides examples of how communities are re-writing their charters to take their power back.
Part of the day-long special programming on the Gulf oil disaster, this hour long forum examined the impact of oil spills on coastal and wetland habitats. Hosted by Jacob Anderson-Minshall, the forum began with Tracy Chapman's Rape of the Earth and featured: