Wednesday, June 16, 2010

16 June 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Obama Cites BP "Recklessness," Vows Gulf Coast Compensation, and Calls for Green Energy Future—But Won’t Halt Offshore Drilling
Nearly sixty days since the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig that has spewed over a hundred million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama devoted his first Oval Office address to outlining what he called a "battle plan" to tackle the environmental catastrophe created by the BP spill. The address came as government scientists once again sharply increased their estimate of the amount of oil gushing out of BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico to some 2.5 million gallons a day. [includes rush transcript]

Roundtable: NOLA Environmental Attorney Monique Harden, Sierra Club Exec Director Michael Brune and Leading Scientist Amory Lovins on the BP Oil Spill and the Way to a Green Energy Future
We host a discussion on how the Obama administration has handled this catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and explore concrete ways that this country might finally move away from a fossil-fuel economy with three guests: New Orleans attorney Monique Harden of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights; Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune; and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential energy thinkers. [includes rush transcript]

Britain Acknowledges "Bloody Sunday" Killings Were Unjustified and Apologizes to Victims’ Families
A long-awaited British judicial inquiry into "Bloody Sunday"—when British paratroopers shot dead fourteen demonstrators in Northern Ireland—has found the killings were "unjustified" and lays heavy blame on the army. The findings were celebrated by campaigners for the victims and their families. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the findings in Parliament and apologized on behalf of the British state. We speak to Eamonn McCann, a journalist and political activist who took part in the march in Derry on Bloody Sunday. He is chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust. [includes rush transcript]


Obama: BP Will Compensate Gulf Coast Residents
Oil Execs, Lawmakers Clash at House Hearing
Exxon CEO: Oil Companies "Not Well Equipped" to Handle Disasters
Israel to Alter Gaza Blockade; UN to Distribute Seized Flotilla Aid
Kyrzgyz Toll Could Rise; 75,000 Flee to Uzbekistan
Egyptian Activist Killed in Alleged Police Beating
Pentagon Upholds Gitmo Ban on 4 Journalists
Report: Blackwater Owner Considering Move to UAE
GAO Report Clears ACORN of Mishandling Funding
24 Activists Acquitted for Gitmo Protest
Mass. Teachers Face Punishment for Silent Antiwar Protest
Seattle Police Officer Punches Woman in Face Following Jaywalk
14 Arrested in Denver Protest for Immigration Reform

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