September 5, 2017

As the nation reels from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey upon Houston, Port Arthur, Beaumont and other Texan cities, against the backdrop of loss lives, homes and heroic rescues, our show on September 5th Eastern Time will examine the issues the national media has been avoiding regarding how the Trump Administration’s Climate Change denial policies and environmental deregulation has made this crisis much worst.

Our special guests will include Joel R. Segal, Attorney-Activist and Executive Director of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition; and Rev. Rodney Sadler, a Leader of the Justice Action M Network and Associate Professor of the Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary; and other prominent guests. See pictures and bios at www.BarbaraArnwine.com.

We will also have a special segment during the show featuring Nelini Stamp, Organizer of the Charlottesville to D.C. 10 Day March Against White Supremacy, #Cville2DC, which will reach Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 6th and be followed by civil disobedience. She will discuss the objectives of the March, plans for the 6th and ensuing days, and ways that our listeners can become involved.

Hurricane Harvey came ashore in southern Texas on August 25th, dumped 51.88 inches of rain over three days becoming the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the US. The cities of Houston, Port Arthur and Beaumont were severely flooded, leaving 51 dead and 70 billion in damages, and a toxic and dangerous mix of chemicals, fires and explosions. Over 30,000 people were displaced with 17,000 people being rescued. President Trump has made 2 visits to the Houston area and promised federal aid. It is expected the recovery from this disaster will take years.

Yet, untold is the story of the Trump Administration’s Climate Denial policy failures which have deepened the problems of disaster preparedness in Texas and is making recovery more difficult as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been missing in action despite the chemical spills, explosions and other toxic pollutions. A week prior to Harvey’s impact, the Trump Administration lessened flooding building standards. Indeed, the Akema Chemical Company whose plant exploded in Crosby, Texas, had successfully lobbied the Trump Administration’s EPA to freeze for two years the 2013 Risk Management Program Rule, a chemical safety regulation to improve knowledge about chemicals at plants and awareness of how to plan and respond to accidents.

Our show will address: How the Trump Administration’s Climate Denial policies place all Americans at risk? Why is the EPA MIA? What are the implications for the Harvey recovery of a diminished EPA? Would the 15 injured police officers have been protected had the 2013 chemical safety rule not been suspended? What lessons from Katrina should people of Houston and southern Texas learn? Was environmental racism a factor in Houston and southern Texas floods? How does race and class impact differential recovery? Will proposed Trump Administration budget cuts make Americans more vulnerable to future natural disasters? What can our listeners do to improve our Climate Change and environmental policies?

You don’t want to miss this show!

Be sure to listen live on Tuesday, September 5th, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern in the Greater DC Metro Region at WOL 1450 AM and worldwide on the Internet at www.BarbaraArnwine.com. You can call in with questions or comments at 800-450-7876. A podcast of the show will be available on Tuesday evening after 8:00 PM.

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Mustafa Santiago Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. The Hip Hop Caucus is […]

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Nelini Stamp

Nelini Stamp is co-director of RiseUp Georgia. She was most recently the Special Projects Director for Working Families Organization, which is backed by labor and […]

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Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. […]

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Joel R. Segal

Joel Segal received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina in 1989, where he focused on constitutional law and conflict resolution […]

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