August 30 - The Impact of Oil, Gas and Chemical Plants on the Gulf Underwater; A Scientific Analysis of the Role of Global Warming Behind Hurricane Harvey; Trump's Populist Tax Plan a Giveaway to the 1%

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Part 1

We begin with the vast oil, gas and chemical infrastructure along the Gulf coast that is being battered by ocean surges and inundated by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Representing a large part of America’s oil and gas infrastructure, this concentration of refineries could not be in a worse place because of their proximity to bayous and wetlands and with the increasing frequency and severity of superstorms more and more massive releases of oil and gas and toxic chemicals are happening and will get worse. Scott Eustis, a water policy analyst and coastal wetlands specialist at the Gulf Restoration Network in New Orleans joins us to discuss the open pits of chemical waste now under water and the chemical waste from purging the refineries as they shut them down, which is now mixed with flood water and spreading its pollution into low-income neighborhoods around the refineries and seeping into the protected bayous and wetlands.


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Part 2

Then we get a scientific analysis of the role of global warming in making Hurricane Harvey one of the worst unnatural disasters to hit the United States as flooding continues around Houston and the coastal regions of the Gulf. Michael Mann, the Director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University and the author of “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving us Crazy”, joins us to discuss his article at The Guardian “It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly” and that there will be an increase in the intensity and the amount of precipitation in future hurricanes as global warming causes ocean temperatures to rise.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Harry Stein, the director of Fiscal Policy at the Center for American Progress about President Trump’s presentation today in Missouri of his tax overhaul plan that was light on details but heavy on promises with a cut in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% one of the few specifics. We will discuss how that giveaway comports with Trump’s promise that “it’s time to give the American workers a pay raise that they have been looking for for many, many years”.

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