(TRNN took a brief break from their constant ‘The Bern is the Word’ coverage in honor of Earth Day. By the way, Earth Day® is not registered under Hallmark Cards…)
The whole interview is worth either watching or reading if only for her brief narrative of the amount of destruction of the ocean ecosystems and wildlife . A couple outtakes:
“…Judge Barbier in Louisiana, who has been covering this case for six years now, accepted a settlement agreement between BP, the federal government, five states and hundreds of local communities, and this total judgment was for 20 billion dollars for BP.
Now, that sounds like a lot of money because it is a lot of money. Unfortunately, this was also the largest offshore oil drilling spill in world history and it caused irrevocable damage throughout the gulf, and a straight application of our laws should really have put this cost closer to 150, 190 billion. Instead, the total cost for BP is going to end up being somewhere around 50 billion, which fits just right in with what their expectations were, that their total costs would be probably as much as 60 billion. So they’ve put out statements that say, basically, we’re fine. We can handle this settlement, which is why we accepted the settlement, and really, you know, they can.” [snip]
“So there was this mass protest of hundreds of people taking over a federal lease sale that the Obama administration had tried to hold within the iconic Superdome in New Orleans, the, you know, climate disaster location of last resort during Hurricane Katrina, and within the Superdome the Interior Department tried to hold a new lease sale for many more leases for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and people from across the Gulf of Mexico came together there to demand that no new leases be sold. And that position has really turned around in these six years, where the demand is now, you know, we don’t want to see more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico or any of our offshore waters, which is quite different from where it was, you know, when this disaster occurred.
PERIES: And, are they successful? Are they being heard, their cry for stopping drilling in the gulf?
JUHASZ: Well, unfortunately, the lease sale went ahead over the chants and protests of the crowds that were there. It was a historically low lease sale, which is good, but offshore drilling, unfortunately, is expanding, so the Obama administration is in the process of proposing a new five-year lease plan, and the latest proposal in the development of that plan includes even more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, expanded offshore drilling at even far greater depths than those at which BP was drilling, much greater, about twice as far [as] when the Deepwater Horizon exploded. It also involves new lease sales, proposed lease sales in the Arctic, which many people had thought would be taken off the table.
It leaves the existing drilling in the Pacific where we, I’m from California, do a lot of offshore oil drilling. That stays in place, and the one thing that it did do was, in response to over a million public comments in opposition to drilling in the Atlantic, took drilling in the Atlantic off the table for the next five years.”
The sale was at the end of March.
“They could have arrested me,” Foytlin told DeSmog. “But there were too many of us that they would also have to arrest.”
A representative from BOEM asked Foytlin what the group thought they were going to accomplish since their actions were not going to stop the sale. Foytlin explained she was protecting the planet for the sake of her children.
She asked him to “go back to the President and tell him that this is just the beginning. Our numbers are swelling.”
“If this president really wants to be the guy he said he was going to be after Paris, he needs to be proactive and stop the sale of federal land for drilling right now,” Foytlin told DeSmog.” (videos included)
From Friends of the Earth International: ‘We can’t count on the Paris Agreement to stop climate change, 21 April, 2016 (and they were being very polite.)
From climateandcapitalism.com: ‘Specter Of Geoengineering Haunts Paris Climate Agreement’
“Despite its thousands of pages of reports, the IPCC does not address this fundamental issue: thinking outside the laws of the market is not even considered by the economists who develop climate scenarios. Armaments are a limited but striking example: the US Department of Defense annually emits as much CO2 as 160 million Nigerians, and its war against Iraq generated more CO2 between 2003 and 2008 than any of 139 countries—but not one scenarios considers ending production of weapons or other unnecessary and harmful goods. The range of possible solutions is limited precisely because the researchers ignore such things.
ReTweeted by Earth First!
Speaking of eco-warriors & monkey-wrenchers, a Bonus:
“No Comment” from an Unmarked Desert Grave, by John R. Hall (a teaser)
“Cactus Ed is out there somewhere in the Cabeza Prieta Desert in Pima County, Arizona, his tough old carcass still decaying and decomposing inside that tattered blue sleeping bag. Becoming fertilizer for cactus and sagebrush, as per his request. There’s likely not much left by now, other than a calaca covered with wisps of his signature whiskers, still clinging to brittle wrinkled remnants of skin. A bag of bones, defying the laws of the land with an illegal burial, much as Ed advocated throughout his life, which ended prematurely back in 1989. Edward Abbey was 62 when he joined the ranks of the deceased.
Three close friends packed Ed in dry ice, put him in the bed of a pickup truck, drove him out to an undisclosed location, and with the aid of picks, shovels, five cases of beer and a fifth of whiskey, dug a hole and buried him. The voice of anarchy and environmentalism made his exit, thumbing his nose at coroners, undertakers, and county records, and embracing the desert soil he loved so well. I knew the story back in ’89 when he left us, but it puts a smile on my face every time it comes to mind. A few months later, I picked up a first edition of his posthumously-released novel Hayduke Lives, happily consuming Ed’s final words of inspiration on environmentalism, anarchy, and eco-terrorism.” (the rest is here) note: dunno if were a xenophobe or not, but he did have at least five chirren.)