IN TODAY'S REPORT: Today we're gonna party like it's 1989...in Alaska...because it's the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster in Alaska; and the 20th anniversary of the eruption of Alaska's Mount Redoubt, now blowing up again (and in Bobby Jindal's) face; and the 20th anniversary of the global agreement to save the ozone layer, thus saving Alaska, and everywhere else in the world...PLUS: Poo and Pee Power gives "bio-gas" a whole new meaning...All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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Info/links on stuff we talked about on today's episode, plus MORE green news, all follows below...
- Lasting legacy of the Exxon Valdez: Twenty years on, the iconic oil spill remains an expensive ecological disaster
- Stick your damn hand in it: 20th Birthday of the Exxon Valdez Lie
Indeed, the "human error" tale was the hook used by the Bush-stacked Supreme Court to slash the punitive damages awarded against Exxon by 90%, from $5 billion, to half a billion for 30,000 Natives and fishermen. Chief Justice John Roberts erased almost all of the payment due with the la-dee-dah comment, "What more can a corporation do?"
- Lessons of the Exxon Valdez
Yet the Exxon Valdez still sends a powerful cautionary message: oil development, however necessary, is an inherently risky, dirty business — especially so in the forbidding waters of the Arctic.
- Exxon Valdez: From One Footnote, a Debate Over the Tangles of Law, Science and Money
- Exxon Mobil Reports Record $45.2 Billion Profit For 2008
- Exxon Chairman's $400 Million Parachute: Exxon Made Record Profits in 2005
- New Simulation Shows Consequences of a World Without Earth's Natural Sunscreen
- Jindal's Mockery Of Volcano Monitoring Money Only Looking Dumber After Redoubt Blows
- Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano erupts 5 times, sending smoke plumes 50,000 feet high
- City buses turn to sewage for 'clean' fuel
More green news not covered in today's episode:
- UN Secretary General Urges Citizens To Join WWF's Earth Hour: Turn off your lights for one hour in solidarity on Saturday, March 28th, 8:30pm local time all over the world!
- India's Tata Motors unveils the world's cheapest car
- Governor open to feds raising gas tax for projects
- Europe to Kiss Edison's Lightbulb Goodbye: The European Commission formally adopted new regulations on Wednesday that will effectively phase out incandescent light bulbs in Europe by 2012.
- Solar Industry Posts Strong Growth in 2008
- Oceans awash in toxic seas of plastic: Go down to the beach today and you'll find plenty of garbage among the sand — but that's nothing compared with the continent-sized whirlpools of lethal waste out there beyond the horizon