Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Dr. Robert Bullard

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Democracy Now! on Aug 29, 2017

https://democracynow.org – The death toll continues to rise as massive amounts of rain from Hurricane Harvey flood Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana. The Houston police and Coast Guard have rescued over 6,000 people from their homes, but many remain stranded. Meteorologists forecast another foot of rain could fall on the region in the coming days. While the National Hurricane Center is now calling Harvey the biggest rainstorm on record, scientists have been predicting for years that climate change would result in massive storms like Harvey. We speak with Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice.” He is currently a distinguished professor at Texas Southern University. Dr. Bullard speaks to us from his home in Houston, which he needs to evacuate later this morning due to the rising Brazos River.

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Democracy Now! on Aug 29, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Concern continues to grow over the environmental impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area, home to more than a dozen oil refineries. The group Air Alliance Houston is warning the shutdown of the petrochemical plants will send more than 1 million pounds of harmful pollution into the air. Residents of Houston’s industrial communities have reported unbearable chemical-like smells coming from the many plants nearby. Stranded communities are “literally getting gassed by these chemicals,” according to Bryan Parras, an activist at the environmental justice group t.e.j.a.s. Those closest to these sites in Houston are disproportionately low-income and minority communities. We speak with Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice.” He is currently a distinguished professor at Texas Southern University. Dr. Bullard speaks to us from his home in Houston, which he needs to evacuate later this morning due to the rising Brazos River.

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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti: The Rising Threat of Climate Conflict

Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Not Learned by Walter Brasch

Occupy Sandy: There Is Endless Need Out Here; Bodies Still Being Recovered

How the 1 Percent Conjured a Monster Storm by Chris Williams

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13 thoughts on “Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

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  5. i read and reviewed Dr. Bullard’s book “Invisible Houston” from the 80s (PS, I found it a valuable keeper). I’m glad to see he’s still kicking and bringing things to light. I’ll definitely be looking for more as time goes on. Houston’s a nutty town when it comes to building and tearing down…it’s come to bite us on the rear big time.

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  7. couldn’t agree more but hey we’re in nj where asphalt plus malls plus condos runs the show. we’re hoping in what’s left of our lifetime that folks wise up to the fact that humans need flora and fauna and what we don’t need is building in flood zones.

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  9. Dr. Bullard spells it out….capitalism is killing us ~ & this disaster was entirely predictable.

    There is simply no way to avoid the ecological laws that govern planetary life…we’ve known this for umpteen years but the ignorant ‘powers-that-be’ perversely deny all empirical truth ~ there simply are no excuses, nor are there any easy, convenient or evasive ‘ways out.’

    This is reality.

    If a catastrophe of these proportions doesn’t shift perceptions, nothing will.

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