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today's news and the week's top stories from our t. word snow on a stone asylum row as three latin american countries now say they're willing to shield the stranded n.s.a. whistleblower from american prosecutors. supporters and opponents of the ousted egyptian president of valor more protests as the country's army backed government tries to regain control of the streets this after a week of rallies and violence. and want on a mobile cards allegedly step up aggressive efforts to break the mass hunger strike at the prison which has entered its sixth month.
so good to have you early this eight am here on sunday i'm lucy catherine of you're watching artie's the weekly our wrap up of the week's top news as well as today's top stories well edward snowden has a few more options open to him as to which country he can turn to in order to escape prosecution in the united states after bolivia became the third latin american country to offer the man asylum now snowdome became the latest thorn in the obama administration side last month this after leaking details of a global spy program or days news and now he has a story of how one whistleblower has spurred a diplomatic spat between the americas i think snowden song goes by says with a latin american twist a glimmer of hope after living in limbo for weeks venezuela nicaragua and bolivia offered the n.s.a. leaker asylum after european countries rejected his official request for most of the week. if snowden himself didn't know where his future would be taking him then
we certainly did and this really it was thought ecuador might be a possibility but president correia sentiment toward snowden shifted suddenly saying their help with initial transport documents was a mistake then as well as mud dural made his country's stance clear this weekend saying snowden can come and live in the land of chavez quote away from the persecution of american imperialism but only after bolivia's ever morale us was detained and denied airspace over europe for some fourteen hours while his presidential plane was searched for snowden in an exclusive interview with our team around reacted to what bolivia called a kidnapping. and they think they can humiliate and subdue us by blackmailing us and dictate their own terms like they did before making us to change our policies their role would make our own decisions and they can't pressure us into doing what
they want. latin america united with their condemnation social media rock did with claims the u.s. was behind the move and europe a puppet washington remain silent they have made a serious mistake because this is just one more example of the way things are going to be not only throughout latin america but throughout the world already where you have powerful hegemonic totally disrespectful towards the national sovereignty of all countries even their allies snowden's leaks help reveal how the u.s. was cold war style tapping their closest e.u. partners even when you expose the truth in even when you give it this truth to the people who are being spied on they won't step up and support truth so yeah it is a bit frustrating to see these european nations just kind of ignore this outright spying that's out in the last thirteen for snowden at all cost and he's now a r.t.
moscow. meanwhile brussels based political analyst poller a phone there believes that the united states is attempting to become a self-styled global governing entity that's his view. rules of international law have been. shaken. by nineteen eighty nine on. a world that even among the western powers now there is a situation where someone is more equal than and is the possibility of a sovereign state to a decision. or protection of the individual. completely . to favor the major interests of the center of the imperial system which is washington in this case latin america is finding itself squaring up to governments on both sides of the atlantic our own correspondent to go via he's from the r.t.e. spanish channel and he reports from bolivia on the region's anger at both europe
and the united states this for failing to respect the country's sovereignty. braless said this all for is a protest against the u.s. and some european nations speech has always been mostly anti american but now the u.s. is not alone since france portugal italy and spain close their ers they used to believe u.s. presidential plane europe has become the new entity you also mentioned that now is the time for nineteen american countries to impose their own politics of course he was referring to the u.s. now we have clearly seen here on the streets in the past these new onto european feeling people are angry and their minds are going back to colonial times now if you put together colonial memories and is that skyjack happy so it's the combination can be a bowl of meaning that relations between latino america and these four european countries might be meeting a new start anew my not be that bright brazilian investigative journalist pepe
escobar says the way the u.s. and europe are handling snowden's case is bringing the entire latin american region closer together. do all sort get that what you what twenty four well where i was before what happened to little daughter alice there were outraged things you really did they were being spied on in a big strength and over made to headquarters in loans outside of built twenty four hours later he did what they did i guess it was around the leader of a small so-so larry king of nations and now the united south america against the u.s. and just this ridiculous but that the role of the european puppets weeks of scandals surrounding the exposure of washington's global surveillance program has caused repercussions around the world but anger among americans was acute this week thousands had marked independence day with demonstrations against being spied on by
their own government and the practice of illegal searches and seizures the details on that story coming up after a short break. egypt has slipped back into political crisis this week when the country's military overthrew its democratic democratically pardon me elected presidents now mass celebrations after mohamed morsi is ousting quickly turn into violent clashes between his supporters and opponents a new interim government is slowly being formed but people there are deeply an easy as to what's to come artie's policy or has more. egypt's back in the headlines but for all the wrong reasons a week of street battles mass crowds a divided country on the brink of civil war this is the street where the worst violence in cairo happened even thirty five people killed more than a thousand injured the mood is extremely tense friends family and supporters shouting crying a lot of emotion and the country's bracing itself for more u.s.
issued military combat boots stand guard the newly installed all means not taking any chances if no clear government to change as well the status quo in egypt is on the brink of disaster in terms of an upper egypt tonight's internet the real. real change is on the one side the millions who rallied for the ouster of the muslim brotherhood president mohamed morsi they got what they wanted went on wednesday the army took over across the bridge those who want to be reinstated both sides are talking wall i want to say to the american states and to the wall and to the whole wall and to the west to europe be careful if you join that out of me there gyptian out of me or the head of the egyptian army to destroy the islamist that means that you're turning this country up ways that will produce a lot of islamists i there's a strong feeling of deja even after just
a year in office the muslim brotherhood leaders have joined they've played a sister in prison president hosni mubarak both now sit in the same jail. america's betting on a losing horse by selling out to the islamists where is the america that calls for freedom why have they allowed this to happen does freedom mean shutting down islamic t.v. channels does it mean shutting down use papers minima hair watches events unfold from his balcony this cup question lives in an apartment overlooking tahrir square he says it's now each option against egypt this. something that completes the first evolution. official position was incomplete but i have in. the military takin control of the country for more than a year and then. using that democracy in a very bad way by giving. the country to the muslim brotherhood which. is the worst people to be told the country this is
after months of the and i would like you to join me on a journey through time travel back in time travel to unravel discoveries discover evolution that made egypt and the element that made egypt revolution. because one of the few taking advantage of the constant turmoil he offers foreign tourists a v.i.p. with illusionary to it includes a quick look at a few well the mostly through the cars window now on so is spoken thanks to that evolution i used to stammer and stutter and flounder now you see my speech flows like a mighty stream momos like british people but most tourists are staying away while the country plummets unemployment's up and the egyptian pound is false losing its already weakened value as supporters on both sides brace for more confrontations many fear the situation will only go from bad to worse. kyra. meanwhile our team is cairo correspondent bill true has caught up with
a former arab league chief who is now one of the top opposition figures in egypt amr mussa told her that democracy is not just down to the ballot box and that egypt's upheaval should be part properly called a popular uprising. the security forces the armed forces are trying to maintain law and order in the streets going forward in a solid way that would allow the country to be. to get back on track but moments after the ouster of mohamed morsy we had reports of hundreds of missing by that officials who were arrested the president himself was put under house arrest with no communication t.v. networks were shut down people are calling this a military coup how can you defend that everybody so millions of people pouring into the streets so it was not a coup it was a popular uprising if not a revolution that is not enough to be a ballot box approving you and then you just sit and enjoy your life and let the people go down the drain i don't know how some people in.
certain way of thinking believe that democracy is just the box of the ever got the majority over there has the right to do or not to do anything how can you include the missing brotherhood and its political parties like the freedom and justice party in the political roadmap of egypt if their leaders of being arrested yes yes egypt is and in. and unprecedented exceptional circumstances some precautionary measures would be taken but i hope at the end it is fairness and the rule of law that would prevail. washington meanwhile is reluctance to call what happened in egypt a coup instead of condemning the violence and expressing a general wish for things to get back to normal now correspondent jonathan steele who reports extensively on the middle east believes he believes the country is in deadlock and that few in the west are calling for compromise by rounding up the
muslim brotherhood leaders there undermining any chance of a real compromise dialogue to end this crisis they talk about they want national reconciliation well how can you have reconciliation if you lock off a president who is elected freely by an enormous number of egyptians it is a military coup you can't get around that it's hard for the u.s. to come out publicly in support of a military coup so they have to make these noises ritual noises about to. return to civilian rule but they're not really sure what what to do so i think the best solution is some sort of compromise which we would hear that from some of these western leaders. britain is trying to get the e.u. to ease up on genetically modified food that is despite claims that kevin klee enhanced crops cause health problems on that story shortly.
u.s. military authorities at guantanamo bay are allegedly stepping up efforts to break the detainees hunger strike now at six months and british inmates shocker off mark claims that the guards are using bizarre tactics for example intentionally slamming doors hundreds of times during the night the deprive the prisoners of their sleep now officials have also said that the force feeding of dozens of protesters will continue during the holy muslim fast of ramadan which begins on monday lawyers for the detainees fear the military will operate at painful for speeding factory at night time the procedure involves inmates being placed in dry cells with nothing to drink this after they've been fed against their will but the highly controversial practice is still being defended by the u.s. as r.t. is going to to can reports the u.n. calls for the us to stop force feeding guantanamo hunger strikers the practice is against international law and is seen by many as a form of torture and here is what first the guards strap the detainee down to
a chair like this one been they put a mask over his face so that the detainee can't move bite or spit and the nurse snakes the feeding tube into nasal cavity the fitting tube which is roughly the size of a pens incorporates or this or this is not an actual feeding tube but it gives you an idea here and this area is very rich in endings and patients report extreme pain during the procedure and the nurse pushes the troop further down the throat creating a tightness that makes breathing difficult at that point patients typically feel pressure on their chest along some say it feels like they were drowning then the staff tapes the troop to the detail. nose so that they can bite or swallow it and then two cans of nutritional substances are being funneled through the tube now we wrote to guantanamo and asked whether they use an anesthetic for this seemingly painful procedure here's the response typically not
however it is available if the detainees request that most attorneys prefer to use standard all of oral to lubricate that to us of us are trying to make it sound like it's not as bad but here is how one of the detainees a yemeni man somewhere in our jailhouse on the bell the squires what for speeding actually feels like i will never forget the first time they passed a feeding tube up my nose i can't describe how painful it is to be force fed this way as it was thrust it made me feel like throwing up i wanted to vomit but i couldn't there was getting in my chest throat and stomach i had never experienced such pain before i would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone we also asked the kuantan officials how many detainees resist the procedure and how many give their consent to it and he went back saying the majority of the detainees report compliantly and do not resist detainees are given a choice to eat a hot meal drink the liquid new trend or be and troll fed the detainee see the choice differently take
a listen. when they come to force me into the chair if i refuse to be tied up they call the team so i have no choice either i can exercise my right to protest my detention and be beaten up or i can submit to pay in full force feeding for most people these detainees are out of sight out of mind as sudden as it is they see physical suffering as the only way to draw the world's attention to their plight we can't hear their voices but here's what they write i'm doing this because i want to know my destiny i cannot abide not knowing any more. i just hope that because of the pain we are suffering the eyes of the world will once again look to guantanamo before it is too indefinite detention is the worst form of torture respect us or kill us it's your choice the u.s. must take off its mask and kill us the obama administration doesn't want. to die but neither is it in a rush to give the detainees their lives back in washington i'm going to check on
the military medical staff at guantanamo bay are not authorized to treat the detainees properly as doctors are that is the view of frank arnold who's been advocating for washington to allow independent doctors to get on access to the hunger strikers the regime which the joint task force for guantanamo has written for the cleveland of these people requires truly abusive care and also is involves the use of medicines which are dangerous they are not allowed to behave like doctors and are compelled by the military hierarchy to behave like jailers in particular several of them have commented to me through their lawyers that when they are asked to doctors for example to stop the environmental manipulation which leaves in freezing you know each week at night for various
disturbances the doctor says they have no power to do it and as one of the one of the hunger strikers what is the point of a doctor like right amid mounting public and legal pressure president obama has appointed a new envoy in charge of closing guantanamo bay clifford sloan has already toward the prison but given no details so far about how or when the administration intends to shut it down now meanwhile obama is under fresh fire for not doing more to speed up the closure of the notorious detention facility artes or it has more. as president i have tried to close gitmo i transferred sixty seven detainees to other countries before congress imposed restrictions to effectively prevent us from either transferring detainees to other countries or imprisoning them here in the united states this statement coming from the person many referred to as the most powerful man in the world may sound sincerely frustrated but many believe it has little honesty to it president obama has been blocking obvious he's been claiming
that he can't do anything and that's simply not true he's operating a drone assassination program claiming he has the power to do that is present the united states and yet somehow he's claiming that he doesn't have the power to close down a military prison and he's the commander in chief of the united states armed forces is not a bit strange the official and most often cited reason for not releasing prisoners even the eighty six cleared of all charges they have no place to go especially the so-called indefinite detainees terror suspects considered too dangerous to read go but impossible to try in either civil or military court largely because the evidence supporting claims of their terror activity has allegedly been received through torture and interrogation which cannot be used as evidence in court the very existence of these men was shrouded in secrecy with the u.s. officially revealing their identities only several weeks back after they'd been
entertainment for years there are still those who believe being held in guantanamo is tantamount to staying at a luxury resort in tropical paradise i don't know that there's a terrorist treated better anywhere in the world than what's happened at one time we've spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build a facility that has more comforts than a lot of americans gets but this white claims that guantanamo is just sort of a vacation kept perhaps of its exotic location it remains one of the world's most notorious prisons where people are held without trial for years and the conditions are such that inmates choose to go without food for five months rather than accept the conditions they're being held in in cuba r t. officials are making no effort to end the hunger strikes by appeasing the detainees most of whom were cleared for release years ago as u.s. military attorney barry lynn gard explained to our team ninety eight percent of these men have no allegations against them to say we can't release them because they might do something in the future is completely ridiculous look we understand
that guantanamo bay is there because we're fighting the emotion of terror internationally but that the fact that we're fighting something that can't be conquered in the fact that one ton of obey remains open is still unjust and should be rectified immediately we can't allow this this humanitarian violation to continue i think there's a sense in washington d.c. that you know we don't care whether these men did anything or not they're going to stay in guantanamo bay forever because it's good for us politically in that is completely the wrong answer you know if president obama wanted to he could at least attempt to stop the hunger strike i was the guantanamo bay last of any action to even end the hunger strike let alone send these men back home or give them justice in some form well not just an on air but online as well we'll bring you the latest on the ongoing mass hunger strike guantanamo bay with our timeline and our t. dot com just log on there and check it out.
the u.k. wants the e.u. to embrace genetically modified food to ease the tight regulations surrounding it now the country's environment secretary claims g.m. crops are actually safer than many of the alternatives although health organizations beg to differ now g.m. crops such as corn rice spread through the food chain via cattle ending up in our daily products that around ninety percent of all biotech seeds are owned by the u.s. giant company and santo which is accused of stifling small businesses and driving u.s. farmers to ruin now meanwhile are alarm bells are being raised over health implications of the biotech food raging from simple allergies to devastating immune system problems. boyko investigates. it's controversial but britain's environment secretary says that the public should embrace genetically modified food is
a hard sell the campaign is say it's dangerous to human health whereas the scientific community supports the technology and if it is a safe as they and the government are sure it is and the argument for g.m. food is quite compelling it would allow farmers to grow crops in tough conditions and thus help to be hungry mouths around the world the u.s. and brazil already must have produces of the stuff and the british government says the u.k. shouldn't be getting left behind to talk more about this i'm joined by dr robert he's the founder of the alliance for natural health which campaigns against g.m. foods. there are a billion hungry mouths in the world and we're being told that this technology is safe shouldn't we embrace it in that case well if you look at all the real developments in raising eels it hasn't actually occurred through g.m. it's occurred through conventional breeding practices and we know that the european authorities have probably one of the most comprehensive evaluation systems compared
with other parts of the world but only two crops have actually got through the net for cultivation over fifty have been approved for consumption but of course the majority of it is given to animals and not to humans what are the risks in this case how is it dangerous to human health there's been a lot of g.m. produced of course a large amount of it going to animals but the u.s. population has been eating a lot of g.m. corner a lot of g.m. soy and they say well we can't see the effect we believe looking at humans as guinea pigs is not a great way of doing it particularly given the fact that we're only looking at really one or two generations of exposure why is the government so keen to develop this technology in that case and who would be benefiting from it if they did there are about a half a dozen companies that are the key players in this areas of which monsanto is the biggest and they've been putting huge pressure on governments they're all doing that the biggest problem is concentrating the agricultural reese. and particularly seed supply in the hands of a few companies and these companies have
a lot of sway with the major governments in the world including the u.k. government many thanks for your comments was one environmental group said the british government's attempt to get g.m. food back on the menu is like flogging a dead horse and despite any of the scientific arguments for it one thing that you can tell you with is that g.m. food just doesn't have a good reputation a survey last month showed that only twenty one percent of the u.k. population supports the technology. artsy london. time to get a check on the world headlines around the globe right now while a boeing seven seven seven had crashed while landing at san francisco's international airport two people are confirmed dead scores are injured airlines flight from south korea had over three hundred people on board when it's rammed into the runway and burst into flames the pilots apparently made no distress calls witnesses say it appeared that the crew had tried to abort the landing just before the jet struck something near the runway sharing off the tail.
britain has finally managed to deport radical islamic islamic islamist pardon me cleric abu qatada now he's heading to his native country of jordan to face terrorism charges the costly legal battle to remove him from the u.k. took over ten years he's known as a key figure in al qaida linked to tiffany's in the u.k. and has long been seen as a major threat to britain's national security. thousands have rallied across the u.s. and brought this week against the massive global surveillance program undertaken by the american agency the national security agency now they were store the fourth movement and merged on social networks but quickly gained support with its calls to respect the fourth amendment to the bill of rights which protect the american citizens against illegal searches and seizures now the new york rally organizer tom colella says that the government surveillance is undermining the country's legal values it is necessary for surveillance to occur however the problem
with the way that it's being done now is that it is fully unconstitutional and i would say that many people feel that way the fourth amendment says the government can search and seize any information without a warrant and although warrants can be issued through the eyes of amendments act they're usually done after the fact after the search has been done and they've had a almost one hundred percent approval rate. swarms after the fact we hope to be able to make those programs constitutional by explicitly prohibiting surveillance of americans without warrants fact by probably probable cause. up next we get to the bottom of the catastrophic gulf of mexico oil spill you're watching the weekly on our team.
all along. i would rather ask questions for people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can find my show larry king now right here on r.t. question more. will be the. science technology innovation called in these developments from around russia we've got the future covered. why after the
b.p. spill dr ron came to the museum and were in bury teria which is forty miles from the gulf and about one hundred fifty miles from the wellhead the oil and dispersants have come into here yesterday the wind blew really hard these tables got this cloudy gritty glaze on it look at that that's just what's on the table before we even start the interview. was b.p. about to repeat the same strategy that exxon used with the valve these oil spill this pack of confidential documents were uncovered as part of the toxic tort lawsuits that followed with some of the workers who realized that their sicknesses lingered lingered lingard these documents are very incriminating and they show that thousands of workers actually did in fact get sick from exposure to a number of chemicals including to be toxic ethanol axons chief medical advisor dr
kind of cool it's a memo to x. on and at the very end here you see the intent we do not need a health hazard evaluation and should try and avoid it if possible. the health hazard evaluation is osha and nyasha coming in and saying sorry there's too many sick people here and you spiller are now law able for doing long term medical surveillance how exxon avoided it was by misrepresenting the information as colds and flu. acts on managed to successfully hide these documents from the media from the people from the sick workers from the court from the federal health care officials b.p. is following pretty closely everything that.
we were actually flying over. the disaster site on sunday april twenty fifth and what we saw when you're out there were two airplanes were flying over and already carpet bombing this bill with this person i started to notice that the planes and helicopters were flying over they were dropping this stuff the spray they were really secretive about where those planes were coming from and when they were going out they didn't really want to choose taken of these planes coming down because it looked a lot like spraying in vietnam it was it was not a picture that either the government or b.p. really wanted to have out there carex it is toxic it's toxic to people it's toxic to the environment what it does is it breaks apart the oil into something called a myself a little oil bubble that's wrapped in this solving the in the hydrophilic you know lipophilic into them and they form little packages around there or else which
says spins the oil in the water column they're called myself these my cells go around and they absorb on to biological tissue they're absorbing on to sand grains they're absorbing onto raindrop particles they're absorbing up into the clouds and they're raining down as stinging rain on people who then get rashes just like dispersants urge a sign to go through the lip it's in the oil they go through the lip in the sound they break down the sound wall which is a liquid membrane they take that whale into the sound into the organs were rattling so their delivery system where they go around my own itself is toxic to every organ system in the body and the mixture of dispersant and whale is much more toxic then either oil alone or dispersant one fisherman here have been exposed to this mixture knowing him literally got elser it's good it's not high. to find these
people we have between four to five million people in this directly affected area of the coast and it's pretty clear why it's not being reported because b.p. can't afford to have it reported and by default u.s. government can't afford to have it reported the ones who can afford to move have moved and the ones that can't are just begging for help. this is hugh councilman he has worked for the p.a. for four decades is the lead researcher on toxics blew the whistle on high levels of toxics at the now famous love canal he also blew the whistle on the need to protect nine eleven cleanup workers from exposure to toxic dust and now he's trying to blow the whistle on the toxic dispersants used by b.p. dispersions. and they're used to. so that it's not as visible to the book you know the words are used for a cover up
a will alone in a body of water will rise to the surface there it's collectable it's containable but instead of actually containing it there dispersant was used of the eighteen dispersants on the e.p.a.'s authorized list twelve are more effective on the wheezy and a sweet crude than correct b.p. chose to use the only dispersant so toxic that it's banned its own country of england the pill ever has been reluctant to stop using core which we're told has been banned in great britain for the last ten years why it's toxic to human beings. on may fifteenth two thousand and ten the e.p.a. approved b.p. to use carex it under the surface of the water b.p. and its contractors started injecting thousands of gallons of carets of
a day into the coal. when they decided to do the subsurface injection the use of robot arms to shoot the dispersants down at the blowout site five thousand feet below the surface of the gulf that had never been for. four days later the e.p.a. issued an order giving b.p. twenty four hours to find a less toxic dispersant b.p. chief operating officer doug suttles responded by saying that b.p. would continue to use carex it. was a set up to protect d.p. . and and sort of do a dance for a few days b.p. use a tremendous amount of dispersants and the e.p.a. says you got to cut it back seventy five percent. and so the people back seventy five percent but they increased it so much they kept using the same.
in january of two thousand and nine president obama appointed lisa jackson to head the e.p.a. jackson a louisiana native hold to a graduate degree in chemical engineering from princeton and is very familiar with the a fact of chemicals because there are scientific unknown's we had to make the decisions that on a series of tradeoffs and basically in common language it was either nothing or in moderation. b.p.'s penalties. are tied to how much oil. has been released and why the head of the d.n.c. said if you say i would to either ban or limit the use of dispersants could you have the power to act unilaterally i believe i did chairman but i do want my lawyers to get you a response i know going in but but that's a question you needed to know from day one ms jackson forget about cleaning up forget about a natural resource to average just for releasing that. oil just for releasing oil.
tens of billions of dollars a foreign well if you can eat. released. those pictures down from twenty five billion to maybe one or two billion billion dollars here a billion dollars or you took a real movie. the company that makes correct said now coke is a joint venture with exxon mobil patricio over twenty four million dollars in u.s. government contracts over the past decade. now co-chairs directors with b.p. and exxon mobil. according to its own web site now co has some pretty influential fans so from here to here this is the scope the distance about five hundred miles. respiratory problems central nervous system problems the headaches and dizziness. and the skin problems the intense rashes there are
hundreds of thousands of people who are dosed with high amounts of toxic material the more risk of having severe health effects often we're told don't worry honey we'll take care of you and it won't hurt we'll we didn't find out that a very good product what we thought was a good product turns out to have vial consequences i don't want dispersants to be the agent. of this oil spill. b.p. responding or exit because chemical dispersant is the best option to come in at night on a lot of these bridges roads are coming from. out
. good. because. if you. had known as a species. always had some corruption. but thought it was just as anyone can be because of this incident mood swings from the feed just big to fit through enough. to get. successful. things in a clumsy amount equal you can get away with it i think this is a big. system. after even more scrutiny surrounding b.p.'s continued use of correct said b.p. quietly announced in july they had stopped spraying dispersant the oil was gone and
so were the dead animals. to verify this we interviewed keith c l n b p's incident commander but b.p. denied permission to use the center of the zero. three months later in september we snuck onto beaches where b.p. was working to find the truth or selves. at night the oil was clearly visible beaches or some young fish as you can see there climbed up into a clump of well dead wildlife was also prevalent now risking ourselves by turning these early the lights on. to tell that something's in there i'm going to have a. respirators on a movie station is just right across this cut. despite
the piece claims they had stopped spraying our cameras caught the still transporting and spray dispersants. we should already have been cashier made. sure of it right now. can't think of a place like louisiana as the state it is an oil it is only controlled by the oil industry. i ran one of the regulatory agencies in louisiana whose environmental quality agency the oil and gas industry lobbyists run our halls every day i mean they're talking to people in the. agency that might have some say over how they would regulate oil and gas the same time they're making campaign contributions in every election that comes along when the time comes for a vote i've seen the oil and gas industry for example kill environmental bills just
it's the same corruption that effects the louisiana happens on a larger scale in washington. comes from texas. louisiana the political structure the economic structure of those states are so definitely well where the number would be issues. one thing that is unique about louisiana's were tiny state politically we have single digits in terms of electoral votes but we have an incredible influence on on the national political scene the senate is the most now apportioned body in the world you have two senators from each state you have two senators from louisiana and two senators from california the
california if it was a nation would be the seventh largest nation in the world and louisiana is not close to that. the senate say only legislative assembly in the world that has a super majority to get things done they need sixty votes to get things done so it only takes a few senators to stop the initiative of the house of representatives. the senate has the power to veto any bill created in the house up to one hundred eleven energy related bills proposed in the last decade every bill that contain provisions for alternative energy was blocked. the only bills that became law with the five that subsidized fossil fuels and nuclear. another factor that contributes to the lack of regulation by congress is the proverbial revolving door. on a congressional delegation is known as the all delegations are senators when every
tarak go to work as a lobbyist for walling gas there's a two year. cooling off period before you could become a lobbyist out of the senate senator lott resigned from the senate one month before the end of the session so he didn't have to wait two years he only had to wait one year and then he had a party with john breaux invited all kinds of people to celebrate when the one year was over and now the breaux a lot of lobbying firm is very successful they have lots of energy clients lots of oil buyouts little plants gas clients and them a lot of power. to. your of the oil industry which is enormously powerful which provides huge amounts of money in campaign contributions but this is a very very short law if you present here if washington d.c. and they've got a number of people on their leash.