308: Carey Gillam | An Agrochemical Lawsuit Detailed In “The Monsanto Papers”

Investigative journalist Carey Gillam joins the show on episode #308, and we discuss her recent book The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice.

From her bio: “Carey Gillam is an American investigative journalist and author with more than 30 years of experience covering food and agricultural policies and practices, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service. She has specialty knowledge regarding the rise of biotech crop technology and the associated rise in pervasive pesticide use in our farming and food production system. Gillam has won several industry awards for her work and been recognized as a leading global expert on corruption in the agricultural chemical industry. Her first book Whitewash- The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science was released in October 2017 and won the coveted Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists as well as two other literary awards.”

The Monsanto Papers is the inside story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against Monsanto. For Lee, the case was a race against the clock, with doctors predicting he wouldn’t survive long enough to take the witness stand. For the eclectic band of young, ambitious lawyers representing him, it was a matter of professional pride and personal risk, with millions of dollars and hard-earned reputations on the line. For the public at large, the lawsuit presented a question of corporate accountability. With enough money and influence, could a company endanger its customers, hide evidence, manipulate regulators, and get away with it all—for decades?”

You can find more about Carey on her website, or check out The Monsanto Papers on Amazon.

286: Robert Bilott | The Environmental Attorney Battling Dupont In “Exposure” and “Dark Waters”

We are joined on episode 286 of the show by guest Robert Bilott. He is an environmental attorney at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He is the author of Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont, which was then turned into the 2019 film Dark Waters.

From his bio, Robert is “A seasoned and internationally-recognized litigator, advocate, and author, Rob represents a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of matters involving federal, state, and local environmental laws. For more than 29 years, he has handled environmental issues of regulatory compliance, permitting, and corporate/real estate transactions, as well as all aspects of litigation arising from such issues, from administrative hearings to multi-party, complex multi-district litigation, mass torts, and class actions.”

Show notes:

  • Robert’s background becoming an environmental attorney and progressing in the field
  • Dark Waters and its representation of Robert’s extended battle with Dupont regarding PFOAs and related chemicals
  • the difference in impact of his book and the film
  • the details of the case against Dupont
  • some personality traits that match with being an environmental attorney
  • and much more

You can check out Exposure on Amazon, or Dark Waters on IMDb.

246: Larry Rogero | Building Sustainable Wind Power And Renewable Energy Solutions For Corporations

When it comes to sustainable energy solutions, Larry Rogero has been implementing them for corporations for decades. I first met Larry through his wife Christel, who is my friend and mother of episode 208 guest nutritionist Erika Stowe-Madison. Larry brings a focus and deliberation to what he does that is necessary for long-lasting results.

Larry is Chief Operating and Strategy Officer at Summit Inspection Services, and has worked in environmental affairs for decades. He got his Masters in Environment Management at Yale University, and his Bachelors in Biological Sciences from my institution of higher learning, UC Santa Barbara.

Show notes:

  • a superb intro by Christel
  • what led Larry into the field of environmental concern in the first place
  • how wind power has been used in recent years, and where it is going in coming years
  • the ways that Larry has contributed to his organization, and what it takes to get a wind power project in place and going
  • some of the issues with installing wind turbines in new places
  • environmental concerns in coming years, and the amount of renewable energy we currently have in place
  • a reverse interview with Larry asking me many questions about the show and my ideas behind it
  • books read by both of us, and people we both look to as representative people to check out or follow
  • and much more

It was great to have Larry on the show, and it was neat to explore his methodical nature that he has displayed in his field for decades.