"Peru Oil Standoff" - Richard Heinberg interviewed on CBC The Current

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12 Jun 2009 |
Richard Heinberg was interviewed on CBC radio in "Peru Oil Standoff", a segment of the CBC daily show The Current.

Peru Oil Standoff - Ben Powless Original article

We started this segment with some sound from earlier this week as security forces clashed with the mostly indigenous inhabitants of Peru's northern Amazon region.

Some of the worst violence took place at Devil's Pass, where an estimated 100 people were killed. The protests began in response to the Peruvian government's plan to open up previously protected areas of the Amazon to oil, gas and mineral exploration. Indigenous people say their rights are being trampled on and that the Amazon's fragile ecosystem will be destroyed. The government says that opening up the Amazon to resource extraction will bring in much-needed revenue and boost the local economy.

Ben Powless has been at the centre of the action. He's a native Canadian activist and he was near Bagua in the Peruvian Amazon.

Peru Oil Standoff - UN Ambassador

We made requests for an interview with a representative of the government in Peru, but were unsuccesful.

But Ambassador Gonzalo Gutierrez did agree to speak to us. He is Peru's Permanent Representative at the United Nations. We reached him at his home in New York City.

Peru Oil Standoff - Richard Heinberg

According to Richard Heinberg, there's a good chance we're going to see a lot more conflicts like this one. He is a Senior Fellow-in-Residence at the Post Carbon Institute and the author of Peak Everything and Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis. Richard Heinberg was in Santa Rosa, California.

AudioRichard Heinberg interviewed on CBC The Current (length 24 minutes): download, stream