FROM Melanie Driscoll
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.