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Anger and Despair in the Gulf

Hard times in the Gulf. Jobs and a way of life now on the brink. We hear from folks living in the midst of it all.

Workers collect snare booms used to remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Belle Terre, La. (AP)

Hard times rolling ashore in the Gulf of Mexico.

While oil giant BP weighs a ten-and-a-half billion dollar dividend payout to stockholders worldwide, fishermen and shrimpers and busboys in Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama and maybe soon Florida are in trouble.

Whole towns in trouble. A whole region in trouble, as Deepwater Horizon oil spill pollutes deep waters and, increasingly, the shore.

The President is coming down for another look. Our guests are already there – living it. 

This Hour, On Point: survival stories from the Gulf of Mexico.

Guests:

Chris Kirkham, staff writer for the Times-Picayune.

Tony Kennon, mayor of Orange Beach, AL.

LaTosha Brown, activist and consultant for the Gulf Coast Fund.

Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Joey Rodriguez, shrimp boat owner and operator who works in Bayou La Batre, AL.

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In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, oil pump jacks work in unison, in Williston, N.D. The number of drill rigs in western North Dakota's oil patch has slipped to a five-year low with the falling price of oil.  (AP)

American energy production at a time of low oil prices. Oil, gas, wind, solar. And what the changed oil price landscape means.

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