Posted by: Michael D. Austin | May 30, 2010

Phillipe Cousteau, Jr. on Bill Maher 5/28/10

Phillipe Cousteau, Jr. has a very knowledgeable, approachable style. From Blue Planet Almanac’s conversation last year with his sister this is apparently a family trait.

Phillipe is co-founder and CEO of EarthEcho International and Planet Green’s Chief Ocean Correspondent. We should all be grateful and thank Phillipe for his voice and legacy, and support what he recommends regarding the BP-Transocean-Halliburton, Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is an excellent, short sensible interview with many good points. Some of them seem especially simple, but don’t let them slip by you because Phillipe makes it sound easy. Things to consider and extrapolate from what Phillipe says include the external costs of oil production and the socialistic government subsidies we provide the oil companies. Lester R. Brown’s book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, mentions that if all the external costs of oil use are included, such as health problems, pollution and dramatic reductions in environmental services (like the Gulf disaster), gas would cost upwards of $15 per gallon in the United States. You can either buy Brown’s book or download it for free.

A generation’s said to be around 33 years. There’s an interesting conclusion I’d draw from this, if you “listen between the lines.” Accelerated by the two most recent generations, the 50 years Phillipe mentions are now bequeathed to our children as a toxic, life-killing legacy.

Thanks to Bill Maher for his inimitable ability to cut through mental and verbal baloney and understanding how to guide an interview. Thanks to MEDIAite for making this clip available.


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