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Friday, April 28, 2017

Climate March, Guv Shutdown, Labor Film Fest

Enlighten Radio Lineup -- Friday, April 28, 207

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Paris on the Potomac: 7:30-9:00 AM: Gayle Becker and John Case Host

Notes from Gayle:

8:00 am  -We'll speak with environmental activists about Saturday's Peoples Climate March, and fracking-related projects planned in the Ohio River Valley that -- by themselves -- reportedly would threaten U.S. obligations to the Paris Agreement on climate change IF completed. These projects include numerous area pipelines, associated compressor stations and so-called cracker plants that are either proposed or reportedly being considered at sites in the Upper and Lower Ohio River Valley. Completion of those projects alone would make it impossible for the U.S. to meet its obligations to the Paris Agreement, contends Robin Blakeman, of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC). We also hope to discuss with Robin and others the very positive flip side: a growth nationwide of renewable energy and related jobs, with a focus on renewable efforts underway in the W.Va. counties of Cabell and Wayne. Detailed information on this is available in an ambitious 28-page special edition newspaper OVEC produced. (View online here.) It said 29,000 copies were to have been mailed last month to people in Cabell, Wayne, Putnam, Jackson, and Roane counties who reside near some of the proposed pipelines and their associated compressor stations. Plans include a total of nine large diameter pipelines through the Huntington area, according to OVEC, which also reports industry discussion about fracking the very deep Rogersville Shale that underlies the Huntington area. One pipeline would bore under the Ohio River near Camden Amusement Park.

For more information on how you can help, click on Join Us at Peoples Climate March in Huntington, or at the Location Nearest You These include Charleston and Hagerstown (MD). You might also want to check out articles at Paris climate agreement | Environment | The Guardian
8:30 am  -- We'll discuss an effort to get a short-term spending bill through Congress before midnight Friday to avert a possible spending shutdown by much of the federal government. Major issues confronting lawmakers include efforts by Republicans to expedite an ObamaCare repeal this week -- possibly in time for Trump's symbolic first 100 days -- and the ill-advised GOP "tax reform" plan. Democrats are reported by The Hill as saying they'd block a short-term spending bill if Republicans push ACA repeal and replace. Read the full story here

Speaking with us by phone will be Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, DC, < >, whose organization is trying to stop more cuts to domestic programs -- many of the same programs targeted by Trump -- and to defeat policy riders that threaten such things as workplace, environmental and health protections. "Diverting funds away from these essential services to pay for more deportations of immigrants or wasteful Pentagon spending," the Coalition argues, "is wrong for our community and our nation ... In recent years, Congress has cut domestic and international spending by more than $100 billion." Meanwhile, "the new Trump tax wish list" would reduce revenues "by at least $5 TRILLION over ten years, overwhelmingly benefiting the rich and corporations," Debbie reports. GOP supporters "ridiculously claim" they'll "make up the revenue losses through economic growth. That was promised before, and deficits ballooned."

A fact sheet about the impact of the Trump budget on West Virginia, as the Coalition sees it, is on its website. And while you're at it, please tell your congressional representative to reject the new version of TrumpCare that could be voted on Friday or Saturday. West Virginians for Affordable Health Care ask that we call our congressional representative NOW. Among other things, it would slash the state's Medicaid program.

Labor Beat: 9:00 -- 10:30 - JB Christensen and John Case Host.

JBs Notes:  

Friday's Labor Beat will give you the skinny on DC's Labor FilmFest starting next month, Chris Garlock will be joining us at the top of the hour. There are several films that I am interested in seeing, I will post the lineup soon. Our next guest will be calling in from Morgantown where he is the state senator, Bob Beach will share his experiences of serving in the legislature, the budget debacle, and just be his very active and intuitive self. Open phones Friday in effect if you feel the need to share in the conversation. @John Case, Stewart Acuff, Christopher Garlock call in number is 304-885-0708

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