FROM Ian MacDonald
The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later One year after the worst oil spill in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida? What's been done to make sure a similar disaster couldn’t happen again? We hear some disheartening answers.
The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later One year ago tomorrow, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and starting a gusher of oil that spilled 4.4 million gallons of oil until it was finally capped after almost four months. But after reviewing the lack of reforms in Washington and the Gulf states, and with gasoline prices on the rise, the Miami Herald concludes that the largest oil spill in US history "looks more and more like just a big bump in the road in the drive to drill deeper in the Gulf of Mexico." There are economic and cultural devastation, made worse by scientific uncertainty over how bad the damage is and whether it still might get worse. We hear about food safety, environmental destruction, tourism, and whether BP and other industry giants are meeting legal and moral responsibilities.
Gulf States Edgy as BP Tries Again to Cap Leaking Well President Obama is back in Louisiana today for another look at the Gulf oil spill. Meantime, BP has reported some kind of progress in getting a cap on the gusher 5,000 feet down. Ian MacDonald is Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University.
The Race Against the Great Oil Spill BP, the Coast Guard and thousands of local fisermen are trying to control the oil slick moving toward the shores of 4 Gulf-coast states. Meantime, a 4-story, 100-ton containment dome has arrived on the ocean’s surface, 5000 feet above the well that’s gushing 210,000 gallons of oil every day. The numbers alone reveal the magnitude of an impending disaster.
Environmental Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico BP, the Coast Guard and thousands of local fisermen are trying to control the oil slick moving toward the shores of 4 Gulf-coast states. Meantime, a 4-story, 100-ton containment dome has arrived on the ocean’s surface, 5000 feet above the well that’s gushing 210,000 gallons of oil every day. The numbers alone reveal the magnitude of an impending disaster.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.