Archive for January, 2007

The Sorry State of the Union

January 30th, 2007

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On this edition of Earthbeat we delve deep into President Bush’s State of the Union. After six years in office, the President finally used the words “climate change” in a state of the union speech.

Joining host Daphne Wysham in our Washington, DC studios is John Coequyt, an energy policy analyst for Greenpeace’s Global Warming Campaign and Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen’s energy program. To read Tyson’s response to Bush’s state of the union speech, click here. To review Greenpeace’s alternative energy strategy click here.

Many environmentalists believe the President’s hand was forced by public opinon, recent climate events, and the upcoming UN report on climate change. Discussing the UN report and the politics surrounding climate change is Dan Becker, the director of the Sierra Club’s Global Warming Program, and from his Harvard University office, Paul Epstein, the associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Two specific plans to reduce greenhouse gases are cap-and-trade programs and a carbon tax. Speaking from his Manhattan office, economist Charles Komanoff discusses why he recently co-founded the Carbon Tax Center; and on the West Coast, Jane Williams discusses the problems inherent in a cap-and-trade program. Williams is the director of California Communities Against Toxics.

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

January 23rd, 2007

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On this edition of Earthbeat – host Daphne Wysham will speak to the mayor of Dallas about her opposition to a plan to put eleven new coal fired power plants in that state. Texas already pumps the atmosphere full of more carbon dioxide than any other state – and these new power plants could double that amount.

The dirty plan to darken Texas skies, coming up next on Earthbeat. Additional information and links will be posted shortly.

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photo: Downed power lines in Garza County.

Putting the “No” in Snow

January 16th, 2007

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The East Coast is seeing one of the warmest winters on record, and climatologists say that with global warming — the trend will continue.

It’s a forecast that spells doom for the industries that depend on a winter wonderland. In this episode of Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell gets an overview of the East Coast ski industry. Steve Showalter is the Ski General Manager for Massanutten Resort in Virginia, and Brian Fairbank is the CEO and co-owner of Jiminy Peak in western Massachusetts, the first ski area to build its very own wind turbine. They work with the National Ski Areas Association on the ‘Keep Winter Cool’ campaign.

Auden Schendler, the environmental director for the world-famous Aspen Ski Company in Colorado joins us for an overview of the skiing industry. He charges his colleagues with not doing enough to combat global warming and calls on everyone who relies on winter sports to take up direct political action. Aspen is a leader in the ‘Save Snow’ effort.

Finally, we check in with Chris Barrett, a snowplow operator in Ontario, Canada. Chris is also known as ‘Wyldman’ on the Internet message board for snowplow professionals – Let’s Talk Snow-dot-com.

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Change is Blowin’ in the Wind

January 8th, 2007

Today, Earthbeat looks at two groundbreaking achievements in clean energy – one of the nation’s largest water treatment plants commits to buying one-third of its power from windmills and it says it is going to save $20 (M) million dollars in the process. a Washington, DC suburb says it is going to pay residents to use clean power. And we will discuss how nuclear power proponents are trying to finagle clean energy credits for their toxic industry. All that coming up on this edition – of Earthbeat.

Guests include the Andrew Brunhart, the general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission – George Leventhal, Montgomery, Maryland county commissioner – Kevin Kamps, nuclear waste specialist for the Nuclear Information Resource Service.

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Photo courtesy of Alan McArdle

Spying on the Greens

January 3rd, 2007

This week on Earthbeat we’re airing an encore edition : Spying on the Greens. Featuring representatives of PETA, the ACLU, and Greenpeace, we discuss Bush Administration claims that “eco-terrorism is the #1 domestic terrorist threat,” and get a surprise caller from the USDA claiming that she was asked to spy on Greens from her home computer to avoid FOIA action.

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