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Linzey 2-Pack

Program #LINT001-LINT002.

2 CDs

First Program: Corporations, Communities & the Environment

Communities across the country, trying to stop a wide range of threats and unwanted projects such as gas drilling and fracking, mining, pipelines, factory farming, sewage sludging, landfills, coal shipments and GMOs, all run into the same problem: they don't have the legal authority to say "no" to them. With their high priced lawyers and huge political influence corporadoes shape the law. That may be changing. A recent court ruling in Pennsylvania says that corporations are not "persons." They cannot elevate their "private rights" above the rights of people. Others can’t wait for the legal system to catch up. Sandra Steingraber, noted biologist and scholar, shortly after appearing on Bill Moyers and on Alternative Radio, has gone to jail. In an act of civil disobedience, Steingraber and others blocked the entrance to a natural gas storage facility in the pristine Seneca Lakes region of upstate New York.  

Second Program: Q&A with Citizens Opposed to Fracking

In this question and answer session, environmental attorney Thomas Linzey speaks with citizens of Fort Collins and surrounding Colorado communities who oppose hydraulic fracturing. He says social change happens through confrontation and movement building, which means doing more than just appealing polluters' permits. The goal, says Linzey, is enacting and implementing environmental law. A "seat at the table" is not enough. He offers guidance about each available method, from banning all fracking or passing a moratorium, to establishing local decision-making authority and codifying the rights of nature. He also explains why Move to Amend and other related efforts are not the approach favored by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. This raw field recording is not for broadcast, but its loaded with information and analysis. Some language may be considered objectionable.


Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey is co-founder and executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and serves as its chief legal counsel. He is the author of Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Mother Jones, and The Nation.

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