|The Paula Gordon Show|
|Nature & Democracy|
Our environment is being destroyed, George W. Bush and
his corporate cronies are doing it, and the public is completely unaware
of what’s happening because the media is not doing its job, says
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., America’s most prominent environmental lawyer
This is a deliberate stealth attack, Mr. Kennedy says, a radical agenda
being concealed by the White House with Orwellian rhetoric that calls
the destruction of the forest the “healthy forest” law, the
destruction of the air the “clear air” bill. Their actions
are designed, he says, to eviscerate 30 years of environmental law, eroding
all Americans’ quality of life in ways neither Republicans nor Democrats
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. describes the corrosive effect of excessive corporate power on America’s environment and democracy for Paula Gordon and Bill Russell. Mr. Kennedy explains how the Bush administration is eviscerating 30 years of environmental law.
Our environment is being destroyed, the president is doing it and the public is completely unaware of it because the media is not doing its job, Mr. Kennedy says. He shows the enormous social and environmental costs both of Reagan abolishing the Fairness Doctrine in the ‘80s and subsequent massive consolidation of media ownership. Mr. Kennedy elaborates with specific examples of massive pollution and unprecedented examples of the government rewarding and condoning criminal behavior. Even modest increases in fuel efficiency standards would yield enormous economic and environmental gains, but are being stalled by the oil and auto industries which have disproportionate political influence, he says.
Visionary leaders from Abraham Lincoln to Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt feared corporate power, Mr. Kennedy demonstrates. The erosion of democratic institutions is deeply disturbing, Mr. Kennedy says, quoting Mussolini’s description of fascism as a merger of state and corporate interest. Strongly advocating free market capitalism, Mr. Kennedy shows how polluters are escaping the discipline of the free market. He further demonstrates how corporate crony capitalism on Capital Hill dictates national policy, with the White House the epicenter for this disturbing trend. He gives a series of chilling reasons America is a lot LESS safe than it was before 9/11/01.
Family farms are failing, rural communities are being shattered by factory farms, an industry that cannot make money without breaking the law, Mr. Kennedy says. He gives vivid examples of the environmental, social and economic havoc being wrought. Every time environmentalists win a law suit, Mr. Kennedy says, the industry goes into the White House which fixes the law so industry doesn’t have to comply with it. He describes frightful new diseases being released by hog factory farms. He urges the mass media again to become a forum for democracy, informing people about political policies on Capital Hill which are emanating from the White House with dire consequences for our quality of life that nobody wants.
Make media accountable, Mr. Kennedy says, eager for people to understand that corporations don’t want democracy or free markets, they want profits. The government has become an opportunity to plunder, he says, and expands. Mr. Kennedy shows how the commons -- airwaves, water, air, fish -- still belong to the people of the United States, not to large corporations or polluters. He reiterates the importance of a genuinely free market. We must spend our lives fighting for what’s right, even if we it means we have to die with our boots on, Mr. Kennedy believes, and objects to religion being used to justify plunder.
Mr. Kennedy has done the world an enormous service
with Crimes Against Nature. He is devastatingly
effective in reporting on fearsome attacks on the United States and
the world launched by much of corporate America and the Bush administration
they have funded. We thank him on behalf of unborn generations
far into our collective future.
Because the challenges to the Earth are many, complex and life-threatening, we have produc ed a wide variety of programs on the Earth and our relationship with it. Guests have included: Rchard Leakey, Claudine André, David Orr, Karl Henrik-Robèrt, Edward O. Wilson, Ray Anderson, Janiine Benyus, Alexandra Fuller, Paul Hawken, William Calvin, Sy Montgomery, Denis Hayes, Carl Safina, Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, Riki Ott, and Mike Tidwell.