Next stop on our National Listening Tour: Spokane, Washington. We’ll be there at the end of this week. Tom Ashbrook will talk with locals about our changing climate, wildfires, and how the Trump presidency is dealing with these challenges in Spokane and beyond.
A wildfire burns on a hillside near Othello, Wash.. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
even if you won’t be in the audience, we’d love to hear from you. Give us your question, your comment on this season of wildfires and the environment around them. Have the wildfires hit you this year? Where?How? And what’s fanning the flames?
a comment below to help us get a better sense of the conversations driving your community. We’ll read every question and comment — we promise — and we’ll consider bringing up your story at our show in Spokane.
Democracy Now! Published on Sep 26, 2017 https://democracynow.org – Six days after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory remain without adequate food, water and fuel. But as the massive crisis became clear over the weekend, President Trump failed to weigh in, instead lashing out at sports players who joined in protest against racial injustice. It took the president five full days to respond, with comments that appeared to blame the island for its own misfortune. We examine the dire situation in Puerto Rico with Yarimar Bonilla, Puerto Rican scholar, who wrote in The Washington Post, “Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich.” And we speak with Puerto Ricans in New York who have been unable to reach loved ones after nearly a week.
Published on Sep 26, 2017 https://democracynow.org – As many parts of the United States recover from a devastating series of hurricanes, we end today’s show with an update from one of the hardest-hit communities along the Gulf Coast. Port Arthur, Texas, is a fenceline community with several massive oil refineries that flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Just last week, a fire at the Valero oil refinery in Port Arthur released nearly 1 million pounds of emissions into the air, prompting residents to stay in their homes for hours. Meanwhile, the 3,600-acre Motiva oil refinery in Port Arthur says it plans to continue a multibillion-dollar expansion of its facility, which is already the largest in the United States. This comes as hundreds of displaced Port Arthur residents whose homes were flooded during the storm continue to live in tents. We speak with environmental justice activist Hilton Kelley, who made history in 2011 when he became the first African-American man to win the “Green Nobel Prize”—the Goldman Environmental Prize. Kelley is the executive director and founder of the Community In-Power and Development Association. His restaurant and home were both flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
After completing her nightly chores, Meghan Hammond pauses briefly under a brilliant July sunset before heading back home to her farm in Lushton, Nebraska. (Ted Genoways)
US farmers up against it from shifting trade policies to a changing climate. We’ll look at the state of the US frontier now.
September 19, 2017
We know the picture book American family farm is sweeter in the book than in the field. Ag is a big, tough business. No farmer is immune to its tough demands. Nebraskan writer Ted Genoways went back to the farm to ask how all that’s working these days. He’s crafted a remarkable portrait of families in far flung fields, completely plugged in to the world. This hour, On Point: Tough issues down on the farm. Plus, we’ll analyze President Trump’s speech today at the United Nations in New York.
Hurricane Irma swamped Florida, but it crushed Caribbean islands on its way to the mainland. Beautiful islands, the islands of dreams, flattened. Stripped of vegetation. Houses, clubs, piers, marinas – destroyed. It’s very rough in the US Virgin Islands and more. Some aid getting in. People still trying to get out. So what now? These islands know hurricanes. But climate change ups the ante. This hour, On Point: life, “life and limb,” and tourism in the Caribbean after Irma.
Tom Ashbrook is in Spokane, Washington for On Point’s national listening tour talking with locals about this tough wildfire season and our changing climate.
Tom Ashbrook and panelists during an On Point Listens live show in Spokane, Washington. (Janean Jorgensen/Spokane Public Radio)
All this year, we’ve had On Point out on the road, listening to Americans working to make sense of this moment in our politics, our country. We’ve been north, south, east, Midwest… and this time we are way west, in Spokane. Spokane is in the west’s roaring wildfire zone, and this year the burning has been epic. In Oregon, Washington, Montana and beyond – fires and smoke all over. And lots of conversation about why. This hour On Point: we’re in Spokane on our national listening tour, talking wildfire. –Tom Ashbrook
Sue Lani Madsen, an architect and goat rancher who writes a weekly column on local and rural issues for the Spokesman-Review. Has served as an EMT/Firefighter for more than 25 years. (@SueLaniMadsen)
Cody Desautel, natural resource director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Has 22 years of wildland fire experience, from fighting fires to completing programs in technical fire management.
Peter Goldmark, teaches at Evergreen State College in the Masters of Environmental Studies program. Completed two terms as the elected Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. (@PGoldmark)
September 26, 2017
A flattened Puerto Rico and how Washington is looking out—or not—for the U.S. territory.
A resident walks on a flooded road after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, September 22, 2017. (Carlos Giusti/AP)
Puerto Rico has taken a devastating hit in the path of Hurricane Maria. Homes and infrastructure flattened. Electrical grid, flattened. Now water and food and gas, all in short supply. People really in trouble. Puerto Ricans are Americans. Are they getting the kind of backup we’ve seen after hurricanes hit Houston and Florida? The kind of support? This hour, On Point: We are turning to Puerto Rico in its hour of need to ask what’s being delivered.
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