Jan 19, 2019 • 1HR 7M

What The Frack?

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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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Josh Fox, director of the “Gasland” documentaries, joins Ralph to discuss his ongoing battles with the fossil fuel industry as detailed in his one-man show “The Truth Has Changed.” And Constitutional scholar, Bruce Fein, tells us the important questions the Senate confirmation committee failed to ask Attorney General nominee, William Barr, about executive power.

Josh Fox is the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director of Gasland Parts I and II. He is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development. In 2017 he was awarded his third Environmental Media Association award for Best Documentary for his latest film How to Let Go of the World and Love Everything Climate Can’t Change, His most recent project and his first book is entitled “The Truth Has Changed,” which is also being produced across the country as a theatrical performance piece.

“It was citizens’ movements, people who bound together in their backyards and in their communities and their towns and their cities and their states and countries, where we have had enormous progress. We’ve banned fracking in the state of New York. We have many local and municipal bans throughout the United States. We’ve banned fracking in the majority of countries in Europe: in France and Italy and Germany, The Netherlands and Scotland and Ireland. Most of the continent of Europe has banned fracking, even Poland. So, we have seen a huge amount of progress on this issue based on citizen action and good information.” 

Josh Fox, director of Gasland Parts I and II and author of “The Truth Has Changed.”

Bruce Fein is a Constitutional scholar, who was Associate Deputy Attorney General under Ronald Reagan. Mr. Fein has been a visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar at American Enterprise Institute. He has advised numerous countries on constitutional reform, including South Africa, Hungary and Russia. He is author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire: Before the Fall. His article on the William Barr hearing is entitled Eight Questions About Executive Power Trump’s Attorney General Nominee Needs To Answer.

“Despite all the major legal issues concerning war powers – and people are worried about Trump initiating nuclear war on his own – there wasn’t a single question, not one from either a Democrat or a Republican about war powers. Which is stunning. It’s the most important power that the president claims.  And not even ask a single question? It shows that they are unified in trying to run away from their Constitutional responsibilities, which is quite deplorable.” 

Bruce Fein on the Senate Confirmation hearing of Attorney General nominee, William Barr.

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