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Saving Lives!

Ralph welcomes back legendary activist, Lois Gibbs, who updates us on her organization’s latest life-saving grassroots victories to clean up contaminated communities in spite of Trump’s EPA. And Jason Levine, executive director of The Center For Auto Safety, talks about driverless cars, airbag recalls, and The Car Book 2019, your complete guide to buying a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient automobile. Plus listener questions!

Lois Gibbs is the founder of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a project of People’s Action Institute. In 1978 she blew the whistle on Love Canal after learning her kindergartener’s school was built on a toxic dump. Her work led to the creation of Superfund.

“Even under this horrible, horrible, horrible (Trump) Administration, we are winning. We have fifteen community sites, Superfund sites… that have been sitting dormant for twenty years in some cases. We have gotten this Administration, through our grassroots efforts, speaking out, playing a little defense and a whole lot of offense to get these sites cleaned up. Lois Gibbs, founder of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice

Jason Levine is the Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, which is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for auto safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Mr. Levine is a longtime consumer protection advocate and attorney.

“Just the other day, the District of Columbia held a hearing on a pilot program that they want to put on the streets. They want to allow Ford to come in and test their driverless vehicles on the streets in DC without any real demonstration of safety or requirements for things like cyber security or liability or really any of the things that we require of human drivers.”  Jason Levine: Executive Director of The Center For Auto Safety

3 Comments

  1. Ann says:

    Thank you for all of your tremendously informative programs.

    From an earlier program, I truly appreciated how you dealt with the Trump-era Consumer Protection official who had zero to tell us about how to stop the constant robo-calls to our landlines. In the interview you were polite but still managed to communicate that he had told us nothing useful. Apparently Mr. Clueless spends all of his time at the agency searching for regulations that he can be lifted off of payday lenders and polluters. Your calling him in to answer questions about actually protecting consumers threw him for a loop but he put his game face on, wrote a little presentation with four bullet points and practiced it in front of a mirror beforehand.

    Thank you for your ongoing activism and education. Wildly looking forward to Noam Chomsky.

  2. David Faubion says:

    Thank you for having yet another living legend of the environment and consumer safety whistle-blower’s union. Lois Gibbs is extra-noteworthy by way of her modest education, yet her advanced degree in Supreme Motherhood and Parenting as self-taught in the University of The Heart..

    By the way, we can learn about the Pb: lead the in the drinking water of every California school at EdSource https://edsource.org/2018/interactive-map-lead-levels-found-in-california-schools-drinking-water/602769. Some states do not even require lead testing in schools.

    This link https://www.aypotech.com/blog/testing-for-lead-in-school-pipes can give you an idea of the crisis state-by-state.

    Here is chilling article: Thousands of U.S. Cities Have Worse Lead Problems Than Flint. https://www.lhsfna.org/index.cfm/lifelines/february-2017/thousands-of-u-s-cities-have-worse-lead-problems-than-flint/

  3. Dale West says:

    Lois Gibbs summed up the global corporate feudalism reality we live in – “organize or die.” Whining is a death sentence. The unreasonable person forces the world to change.

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