Dec 16, 2017 • 1HR 7M

A Coal Miner Speaks Out/The Fall of Al Franken

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Ralph talks to activist coal miner, Stanley Sturgill, who advocates for the strengthening of EPA regulations on the coal industry and mountaintop removal.  Also, Mark Green gives us his take on the sudden, steep fall of Senator Al Franken.

“Just how many people must pay the supreme price of death for a few rich, greedy people to bank a few dollars?” Those are the words of Stanley Sturgill testifying at the one and only public hearing concerning the Trump Administration’s effort to repeal The Clean Power Plan, a set of regulations meant to reduce carbon emissions from coal fired power plants.  Mr. Sturgill, from Lynch, Kentucky, was a coal miner for over forty years and suffers from black lung disease.  He advocates not for the repeal but for the strengthening of EPA regulations on the coal industry and mountaintop removal.

“They poison these streams… They covered up miles of fresh water streams that people have to drink out of.  And that’s one reason we have such a high rate of cancer, especially in our area.” 

Coal Miner Stanley Sturgill on mountaintop removal

Mark Green is a former Nader’s Raider, who ran Public Citizen’s Congress Watch program for ten years.  After that, he went on to found his own public interest organization, The New Democracy Project.  In addition, he was elected New York City’s first Public Advocate.  An author and a radio and TV commentator, Mark’s latest book, – which we have talked about previously on this show – is entitled “Bright Infinite Future: A Generational Memoir on the Progressive Rise.” 

“How about a (Senate) subcommittee dedicated to this issue (sexual harassment)…  where within ninety days they have to investigate, put people under oath, and rule?  And if it’s one stupid thing a decade ago, you reprimand.  If it’s a minor pattern, you censure.  And if it’s Packwood… you expel.  I think that’s fair, but that system does not now exist.” 

Public Interest Attorney, Mark Green