‘Shock Doctrine’ in Effect; Activist Faces Prison for Disrupting Oil Auction; US House Slashes EPA & ‘Climate Cranks’ _on Earthbeat
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EARTHBEAT — ‘Shock Doctrine’ in Effect; Activist Faces Prison for Disrupting Oil Auction; US House Slashes EPA & ‘Climate Cranks’
Corporations are using the panic and disorientation of budget crises to crush unions and environmental protections, that’s according to Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein. In a conversation with host Daphne Wysham, Klein tells us how those in Wisconsin and other places are pushing back to catch corporate tax dodgers.
US Uncut actions are occurring across America.
The federal government must pass a budget within days – or all government services will screech to a halt. But Republicans in the US House passed a budget bill that strips the EPA of its power. Anna Aurilio, the DC director of Environment America, says the shortfalls could be filled by stopping the ‘free pass’ oil companies get on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re not paying $5 billion dollars a year on these oil leases.
Climate activist Tim DeChristopher faces federal felony charges for interrupting a federal auction of oil and gas leases – and auction held in the last few days of the Bush Administration in 2008. We’ll hear from Tim was ‘bidder number 70? – and managed to ‘win’ a number of the leases before the auction was halted. We hear from Tim via the website Solve Climate.
Then, Mark Hertsgaard takes on ‘climate cranks’ in his new book Hot and on YouTube.
Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes Bucky Halker’s songs, Union Fights the Battle of Freedom, and Democratic Blues.
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