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Smart Show – 04.20.15

BP 5 years later.  We hear a censored story Harrison did with gulf Fishermen at the time, followed by a 7 min interview with one of the BP eye-witnessing fishermen in Mississippi.

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DEEPWATER HORIZON SPILL IN LOUISIANA

  •       April 20th marked the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, when a deep-water oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and unleashing an 87-day undersea geyser of oil that spewed at least 518 million liters into the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists and BP have each recently filed reports on the current status of the Gulf ecosystem.  each entity clearlyhas used the findings to underscore their point of view. Some examples, BP says the massive cleanup efforts have been “highly effective” and have prevented a lot of oil from reaching the shorelines. The National Wildlife Federation says BP is still cleaning up its mess 5 years later. A 28,000 tarmat was discovered just a few weeks ago. BP says oiled beaches and marsh areas have “largely recovered,” while the National Wildlife Federation says the coastal wetlands continue to show signs of visible oil years later.

The worst environmental disaster in U.S. history took place five years ago when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers were killed and for 87 straight days, oil and methane gas spewed into the water. Parent company BP, which paid $14 billion in claims and other payments, has come under fire for not doing enough in the years that have followed.  there’s an upcoming civil case ruling that could results in a $13 billion fine. BP says it cannot afford to pay more than $2.3 billon.

Guest 2: Walter & Emily Procek.

Premiere of TV’s “Celebrated” on the Reelz Channel.   Positive storytelling in a cynical Hollywood world.

Guest 3: Al Jazeera America’s Jamie McIntyre  – Russia’s Arms Sale to Iran.

RUSSIA ARMS SALE TO IRAN – THE FACTS

  • Some experts are concerned that Russia’s planned sale of advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran could give Tehran an effective “bulletproof shield” that would largely neutralize any future attempt by the U.S. or Israel to bomb suspected nuclear sites that violate the nuclear agreement.  Al Jazeera America takes a deep dive into the deal, to separate the hype from the real concerns about how the advanced mobile air defenses could complicate any future military option. We also examine  the S-300 missile’s capabilities, and explain how the U.S. might use its stealth and other technical superiority to try to counter the systems.Al Jazeera America’s Jamie McIntyre in Washington has more.

Jamie McIntyre covers national security affairs for Al Jazeera America, the U.S. cable news channel that covers both domestic and international news. Jamie came to Al Jazeera America from NPR, and was CNN’s Senior Pentagon correspondent for 16 years.  He was in the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks.  You can find Al Jazeera America in southern California on Time Warner Channel 445, AT&T U-Verse 1219, DirecTV 347 and Dish Channel 216.