Sep 5, 2020 • 1HR 33M

Trump Crimes/Industrial Strength Denial

 
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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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First, Ralph welcomes back David Cay Johnston to give us the latest update on Donald Trump’s ongoing criminal activity. Then, environmental lawyer and author, Barbara Freese, joins us to talk about corporate stonewalling through the ages in her book “Industrial Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change.”


David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of six books, including The Making of Donald Trump. He has lectured on economics, journalism and tax policy on every continent except Antarctica. Mr. Johnston’s reporting persuaded two presidents to change their tax policies and stopped tax dodges that Congress valued at more than 250 billion dollars. He is also the founder and editor of DCReport, a nonprofit news service that reports what the President and Congress DO, not what they SAY.  And his latest book is entitled It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What The Trump Administration Is Doing To America.

“The Trump Organization is not a business, it’s a criminal enterprise posing as a business.”

David Cay Johnston, author of It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America

“Every president up until Donald Trump – and we’ve had murderous people like Andrew Jackson – everyone did what they thought was good for the country. Donald Trump did what was good for Donald Trump. And had no regard for the country except how it benefited him.”

David Cay Johnston, author of It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America


Barbara Freese is an environmental attorney and a former Minnesota assistant attorney general. Her interest in corporate denial was sparked by cross-examining coal industry witnesses disputing the science of climate change. Ms. Freese is the author of Coal: A Human History, a New York Times Notable Book. Her most recent book is Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change.

“The oil industry knew certainly by the late 70s, early 80s that [global warming] was going to be a huge issue, that basically we were going to have to stop burning fossil fuels. And so instead of taking the last 40 years and transforming themselves into something other than fossil fuel industries. They basically created as much friction as possible.”

Barbara Freese, author of Industrial-Strength Denial

“You could have the strongest wrestler in the world and the wrestler couldn’t brace himself in a 15 mph collision to not go into the windshield.”

Ralph Nader

“In the Air Force, the airmen were losing more lives on the highways getting back and forth from their bases then they were losing in the Korean war.”

Ralph Nader


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