Panel Discussion: Privatization v. Public Good and the Upcoming March for Our Lives on March 24

SPECIAL REPORT: Organized Labor: Resurgent or On the Ropes?

SPECIAL REPORT: Neoliberalism Comes Home: Connecticut's Water Under Privatization Threat

SPECIAL REPORT: Can There Be Food Justice Under Capitalism?

SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Round Table – Feb. 10, 2018

Award-winning Investigative Journalist Robert Parry (1949-2018)

Award-winning investigative journalist and founder/editor of, Robert Parry has passed away. His ground-breaking work uncovering Reagan-era dirty wars in Central America and many other illegal and immoral policies conducted by successive administrations and U.S. intelligence agencies, stands as an inspiration to all in journalists working in the public interest.

Robert had been a regular guest on our Between The Lines and Counterpoint radio shows -- and many other progressive outlets across the U.S. over four decades.

His penetrating analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international conflicts will be sorely missed, and not easily replaced. His son Nat Parry writes a tribute to his father: Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews.

Thank you for donating

If you've made a donation and wish to receive thank you gifts for your donation, be sure to send us your mailing address via our Contact form.

See our thank you gifts for your donation.

The Resistance Starts Now!

Between The Lines' coverage and resource compilation of the Resistance Movement

SPECIAL REPORT: "The Resistance - Women's March 2018 - Hartford, Connecticut" Jan. 20, 2018

Selected speeches from the Women's March in Hartford, Connecticut 2018, recorded and produced by Scott Harris

SPECIAL REPORT: "No Fracking Waste in CT!" Jan. 14, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "Resistance Round Table: The Unraveling Continues..." Jan. 13, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: "Capitalism to the ash heap?" Richard Wolff, Jan. 2, 2018

SPECIAL REPORT: Maryn McKenna, author of "Big Chicken", Dec. 7, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Nina Turner's address, Working Families Party Awards Banquet, Dec. 14, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Mic Check, Dec. 12, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Roundtable, Dec. 9, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: On Tyranny - one year later, Nov. 28, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Mic Check, Nov. 12, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Roundtable, Nov. 11, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Rainy Day Radio, Nov. 7, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Rainy Day Radio, Nov. 7, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Resisting U.S. JeJu Island military base in South Korea, Oct. 24, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: John Allen, Out in New Haven

2017 Gandhi Peace Awards

Promoting Enduring Peace presented its Gandhi Peace Award jointly to renowned consumer advocate Ralph Nader and BDS founder Omar Barghouti on April 23, 2017.

Subscribe to our Weekly Summary & receive our FREE Resist Trump window cling

resist (Car window cling)

Email us with your mailing address at to receive our "Resist Trump/Resist Hate" car window cling!


who helped make our 25th anniversary with Jeremy Scahill a success!

For those who missed the event, or were there and really wanted to fully absorb its import, here it is in video

Jeremy Scahill keynote speech, part 1 from PROUDEYEMEDIA on Vimeo.

Jeremy Scahill keynote speech, part 2 from PROUDEYEMEDIA on Vimeo.

Between The Lines on Stitcher


Between The Lines Presentation at the Left Forum 2016

"How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice,"May 22, 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 860 11th Ave. (Between 58th and 59th), New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop. Listen to the audio/slideshows and more from this workshop.

Listen to audio of the plenary sessions from the weekend.

JEREMY SCAHILL: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker "Dirty Wars"

Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Listen to Scott Harris Live on WPKN Radio

Between The Lines' Executive Producer Scott Harris hosts a live, weekly talk show, Counterpoint, from which some of Between The Lines' interviews are excerpted. Listen every Monday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT at (Follows the 5-7 minute White Rose Calendar.)

Counterpoint in its entirety is archived after midnight ET Monday nights, and is available for at least a year following broadcast in WPKN Radio's Archives.

You can also listen to full unedited interview segments from Counterpoint, which are generally available some time the day following broadcast.

Subscribe to Counterpoint bulletins via our subscriptions page.

Between The Lines Blog  BTL Blog

"The Rogue World Order: Connecting the Dots Between Trump, Flynn, Bannon, Spencer, Dugin Putin," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Feb. 13, 2017

"Widespread Resistance Begins to Trump's Muslim Travel Ban at U.S. Airports," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 28, 2017

"MSNBC Editor: Women's March is a Revival of the Progressive Movement," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 24, 2017

"Cornering Trump," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 19, 2017

"Free Leonard Peltier," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 6, 2016

"For Natives, a "Day of Mourning"by Reginald Johnson, November 23, 2016

"A Bitter Harvest" by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 15, 2016

Special Programming Special Programming

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Between The Lines Progressive Resources

A compilation of activist and news sites with a progressive point of view

Share this content:


Podcasts Subscribe to BTL

Podcasts:  direct  or  via iTunes

Subscribe to Program Summaries, Interview Transcripts or Counterpoint via email or RSS feed

If you have other questions regarding subscriptions, feeds or podcasts/mp3s go to our Audio Help page.

Between The Lines Blog

Stay connected to BTL

RSS feed  twitter  facebook

donate  Learn how to support our efforts!

Opponents Challenge Trump Plan to Open 90 Percent of U.S. Coastline to Oil and Gas Drilling

Posted Feb. 21, 2018

MP3 Interview with Mary Sweeters, climate and energy Campaigner with Greenpeace USA, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On Jan. 8, the Trump administration released its five-year draft plan to open up 90 percent of all coastlines around the U.S. to oil and gas drilling; just a small part of Alaska’s and Hawaii’s coastlines are not included in the plan. Soon after the directive was released, Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida, requested an exemption, citing the uniqueness of the state’s coastline that would be at risk if an oil spill accident occurred. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke famously granted the exemption request via a tweet.

 The requested exemption, however, is not a done deal as the acting director of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has not signed off on it. Meanwhile, many other governors of coastline states have also asked for exemptions.

The Trump administration’s move to open up most of America’s coastal areas to oil and gas drilling was met with immediate and widespread opposition. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Mary Sweeters, a climate and energy  ampaigner with Greenpeace USA, who talks about what environmental groups and their allies are doing to fight the oil drilling plan, and the next steps in the campaign.

MARY SWEETERS: When this proposed plan came out in January that initiated a 60-day comment period – in which time the public has the opportunity to comment on this proposed plan, as well as legislators, interest organizations, industry – anyone can weigh in on it. And we’ve actually seen a lot of opposition already. There have been rallies and big turnouts at some of the hearings that were scheduled in each state. Here in California, we had more than 500 people show up from all over the state and similar rallies have been happening in coastal states everywhere. We’ve also seen bipartisan opposition to the proposed plan. Governors and legislators on both sides of the aisle have stated their opposition to this. Thousands of businesses have come against offshore drilling on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. So there’s definitely been a real sense of opposition to this that’s been organized and vocal from the start.

BETWEEN THE LINES: And approval of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge took place a few weeks before this agency decision, as part of the tax cut package, after decades of successful efforts to prevent the drilling there. What’s happening with that?

MARY SWEETERS: Right now, as there is with offshore drilling, there are folks in Alaska and across the country who have protested this. It’s a sacred place for the G’wichin people who rely on the health of the Porcupine caribou herd for their culture and livelihood. It’s a place a lot of people visit for recreation. It’s an incredibly unique ecosystem and a lot of people have fought for decades to protect this place and will continue to do so. So right now, it remains to be seen what’s the next step in terms of when there’ll be proposals for exploration, and those will also include, I believe, commentary and environmental review that’s necessary for exploration to begin.

BETWEEN THE LINES: What is Greenpeace doing to oppose this, and are you working in coalition with other groups?

MARY SWEETERS: We’ve been doing a few things. We’ve been helping to mobilize our supporters and our members to these public hearings in multiple states, here in California as well as across the country. We’ve also been working to make it as easy as we can to let folks know here’s what’s on the table. Here’s how you can submit your public comment. We’ve connected folks to their representatives to make sure they contact their representatives to vote ‘no’ on some bad proposed bills on offshore drilling. We’ve also joined with a number of other organizations in a lawsuit to uphold permanent protection in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, because those are also being jeopardized by the executive order that the Trump administration released last year and as part of that this proposed five-year plan would jeopardize those protections.

BETWEEN THE LINES: What about the Pacific Ocean?

MARY SWEETERS: The lawsuit that we joined with a number of other organizations, that’s specifically to uphold the permanent protections that were put in place by the Obama administration for about 98 percent of the federal waters in the Arctic Ocean and for an important area along the Atlantic that would protect underwater sea mounts and kind of a unique ecosystem in that area. And those areas were permanently withdrawn from any sort of consideration for leasing, so we want to ensure those specific protections are in place. But in addition to that, we are currently mobilizing folks and making sure people know how to contact the administration to protect all of our waters from this five-year drilling proposal.

BETWEEN THE LINES: A subset of opponents is focused on the impacts on sea life from the drilling and everything that goes along with that, like seismic testing with noise levels that threaten their survival.

MARY SWEETERS: Actually, a precursor to offshore drilling is what’s called seismic blasting, and this is the process to find where there are oil and gas deposits under the seabed floor. And this is a very loud process, and involves shooting compressed air towards the sea floor every ten to 20 seconds for sometimes days or weeks at a time over a huge swath of ocean. And this has been shown to cause harm and even death to marine mammals, as well as plankton all the way to the base of the food chain. So it’s very much a concern for the health of fisheries and for the general ecosystem.

But then, aside from seismic blasting, when oil drilling starts, you certainly have the risk of oil spills which would affect wildlife, like the endangered northern Atlantic right whale in the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic marine ecosystem, which as we know is very unique and also very fragile. There’s polar bears, beluga, an assortment of marine mammals that are found nowhere else that would be at great risk from an oil spill. Same in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific; they all have their own unique ecosystems and those wildlife would be at inevitable risk from an oil spill.

But on top of that, this is locking us in to decades of climate change emissions. So this is something we already know these ecosystems are in peril from climate change. We're seeing the Arctic melting at about twice the rate of the rest of the globe, and we know climate change is affecting our ocean systems significantly. And so, offshore oil drilling will just lock us into more of those climate emissions we just can’t afford.

For more information, visit GreenPeace USA at Find the Trump oil drilling proposal state hearing schedule and send your comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management with the links at and

Related Links:

Subscribe and get Between The Lines' Weekly Summary in your inbox!