Friday, June 4, 2010

BP: Billionaire Polluter

Democracy Now!’s Anjali Kamat visits the town of Phoenix, Louisiana on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish, an area that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She speaks to Reverend Tyronne Edwards, a pastor and longtime community activist who spearheaded efforts to rebuild the largely African American fishing community after Katrina. In the aftermath of the BP oil spill disaster, Rev. Edwards is at the forefront of getting Washington, DC to pay attention to the needs of his community, whom he calls the "forgotten people" of Plaquemines Parish.

Read Amy Goodman's Truthdig article here.
Less than a week after British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform expploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and unleashing what could be the worst industrial environmental disaster in U. S. history, the company announced more than $6 billion in profits for the first quarter of 2010, more than doubling profits from the same period the year before.

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!,"  a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 800 stations in North America. She is the author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier," recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

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