This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama is in New York City to wag a finger at Wall Street, but do the details of financial reform legislation really look like they’ll make serious change in an industry where Goldman Sachs, for example, can rack up earnings double those of last year’s first quarter while facing charges of fraud from the SEC? We’ll talk about the state of play with Andrew Cockburn, co-producer with Leslie Cockburn of last year’s feature documentary American Casino.
Also on CounterSpin today, it’s Earth Day season, which in much of the media means feel-good corporate messaging about how everyone can take simple steps to save the planet—drive the right kind of car, change a light bulb, buy offsets for your carbon footprint. But does that message actually do harm, drawing attention away from the actual steps necessary to make meaningful changes? Author Heather Rogers delves into these questions in her new book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution. She’ll join us to talk about what she found.