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Hope or Despair on Earth Day?

From: Daphne Wysham
Series: Earthbeat
Length: 57:03

Hope or Despair on the 41st Earth Day? US Whistleblower Says Fukushima Hydrogen Explosion Could Happen Here. Oil Companies’ Control Over Media

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Reflections on the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Chernobyl 25th anniversary, the one year anniversary of the BP blowout, and signs of hope from across the country with Brent Blackwelder and Antonia Juhasz.

Brent is the president emeritus of the Friends of the Earth and Antonia is the director of the Energy Program at Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human rights non-profit organization.

A Fukushima-like hydrogen explosion could happen at the Hanford Nuclear Waste facilities, that’s according to whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis. The Hanford site in Washington State is home to two-thirds  of the nation’s high-level radioactive waste. Joining Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham to discuss Walt’s case – and his being fired for speaking out – is Tom Devine, part of Walt’s legal team and the legal director for the Government Accountability Project.

Oil companies like Chevron work with the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers to place their advertisements directly opposite the paper’s environmental reporting. Discussing the corporate control of environmental reporting is Kert Davies, Greenpeace’s Research Director and Sut Jhally, a professor in the communications department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Kert Davies mentions the Powell Memo, a document written by Supreme Court Justice Lewis S. Powell before he joined the US Supreme Court that outlines how corporations should fight back against negative public opinion – and the American Petroleum Institute’s work to undermine climate science. Also discussed is the book, Merchants of Doubt.

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Piece Description

Reflections on the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Chernobyl 25th anniversary, the one year anniversary of the BP blowout, and signs of hope from across the country with Brent Blackwelder and Antonia Juhasz.

Brent is the president emeritus of the Friends of the Earth and Antonia is the director of the Energy Program at Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human rights non-profit organization.

A Fukushima-like hydrogen explosion could happen at the Hanford Nuclear Waste facilities, that’s according to whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis. The Hanford site in Washington State is home to two-thirds  of the nation’s high-level radioactive waste. Joining Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham to discuss Walt’s case – and his being fired for speaking out – is Tom Devine, part of Walt’s legal team and the legal director for the Government Accountability Project.

Oil companies like Chevron work with the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers to place their advertisements directly opposite the paper’s environmental reporting. Discussing the corporate control of environmental reporting is Kert Davies, Greenpeace’s Research Director and Sut Jhally, a professor in the communications department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Kert Davies mentions the Powell Memo, a document written by Supreme Court Justice Lewis S. Powell before he joined the US Supreme Court that outlines how corporations should fight back against negative public opinion – and the American Petroleum Institute’s work to undermine climate science. Also discussed is the book, Merchants of Doubt.

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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

TODAY ON EARTHBEAT-- A FORMER ENGINEER CLAIMS THAT A HYDROGEN EXPLOSION, SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN, COULD HAPPEN ANY DAY AT THE HANFORD NUCLEAR WASTE SITE – THE MOST CONTAMINATED SITE IN AMERICA. – REFLECTIONS ON

EARTH DAY –PAST AND PRESENT--HAVE WE LEARNED ANYTHING FROM THE BP BLOWOUT OR THE CHERNOBYL MELTDOWN?

THEN, MAJOR VICTORIES ON COAL BURNERS IN THE SOUTHEAST, WHILE CALIFORNIA PUSHES FOR ONE-THIRD OF ITS ENERGY TO COME FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY.

AND, HOW THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ARE MORE AND MORE BEHOLDEN TO THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY. THAT’S ALL COMING TODAY, ON EARTHBEAT.

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Additional Credits

Daphne Wysham, host

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