A Hardball Challenge for Chris Matthews

Hi, Chris –

Here’s a Hardball question.

Have you done any sustained and significant reporting on the true aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf?  I watch your show a lot – more than three times a week. I was even on your show years ago [3/20/2006] speaking out about the Iraq War with Military Families Speak Out.

I have not seen on your program anything on current conditions in the Gulf. You should do some stories, especially since BP (with its nightly lies about a recovered Gulf) is a major sponsor of Hardball, sometimes multiple times per show. (Just as Shell Oil is a sponsor of your Facebook posts while they frack the environment to irreparable harm in my western Pennsylvania home.)

In case you cannot point me to any recent in-depth reporting on the continuing environmental disaster in the Gulf, I’ll post a couple of stories to get you started; then please let me know if you plan to do any segments about the ongoing disaster in the Gulf.

Empty nets in Louisiana three years after the spill (CNN)


Lasting Impacts of of Gulf Oil Spill (PRI’s Living on Earth)



Stephen Cleghorn


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My name is Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn. I am now a resident of Baltimore, MD. I continue to own a 50-acre certified organic farm in Jefferson County, PA that I operated with my late wife Lucinda between 2005 and 2011 when she passed away from cancer. The farm is now under lease to organic farmers and protected by "The Dr. Lucinda Hart-Gonzalez Conservation Easement” which protects it for organic agriculture and against the threats of industrial development that would violate the Rights of Nature. The blog’s name is taken from the writings of Saint Augustine who believed “Hope” to be the greatest of spiritual gifts. And, says Saint Augustine, Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage. Anger so that what must not be may not be; courage so that what should be can be. Anger and Courage. Now in late 2016, after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, these are the spiritual gifts that must come to the fore if we are to have “Hope” for a loving culture and a sustainable world for future generations. When I first created this blog it was focused on the extreme form of fossil fuel extraction known as “fracking” that was threatening much of the state of Pennsylvania and many other parts of the United States. At the root of that struggle was and is a struggle to halt and reverse climate change. Now the struggle has turned to resisting an incoming Trump Administration that is an existential threat to the climate with its plans to ramp up extraction and use of fossil fuels. This blog will be about having the courage to stand up to the massive global corporations that would ruin our planet and its climate, take their profits and leave the mess to future generations of to clean up. We need to rise up, my friends, and be not afraid.
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