Archive for August, 2007

Katrina Corporate Corruption

August 28th, 2007

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Oil companies that posted record profits last year received $2 (B) billion dollars out of a now nearly-bankrupt fund set up to entice businesses to return to the Gulf Coast.

The US Congress designated billions of dollars in tax-free bond for ‘Gulf Opportunity Zones,’ known as ‘GO Zones.’ There was supposed to be a cap on the total amount businesses could receive, but Marathon Oil Corporation and US TransCarbon LLC each got $1 (B) billion dollars to expand their oil refineries.

Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham speaks to Eliza Strickland, the author of a the CorpWatch report investigating who’s really benefiting from the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort.

New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast joins Earthbeat to discuss the fraud, corruption and disdain he’s uncovered by the Bush Administration for helping people return to New Orleans. Palast is the author of Armed Madhouse.

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Music used in this edition of Earthbeat: In the Sun a benefit single by Coldplay and REM’s Michael Stipe, and New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 by REM.

Go here to hear Earthbeat’s previous coverage on Hurricane Katrinia.

Photo copyright 2005 Michael Pettit

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

National Geographic

August 21st, 2007

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Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell discusses the vast divide between National Geographic Magazine’s editorial stance, and its advertising. The National Geographic Society lists its goal as: “inspiring people to care about the planet” and yet its website and magazines are littered with ads for big oil and gas-guzzling SUVs.

The June 2007 edition of the Society’s classic yellow-bordered magazine combined astounding underwater photos with lyrical writing to bring home about the devastation occurring as world-wide warming melts the Arctic sea ice.

One month later, the July edition of the Society’s classic yellow-bordered magazine came pre-packaged with a promotional DVD touting Shell Oil.

To watch that film, click here. To view an online version of the June National Geographic Magazine, click here.

Joining Mike Tidwell to discuss this disconnect are John Stauber, the CEO of the non-profit group, the Center for Media and Democracy in Wisconsin – and Ross Gelbspan blogger and author of the book Boiling Point.

Finally, with a round-up of recent climate news we speak to Joe Romm, blogger and author of Hell and High Water.

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Image used courtesy of Daniel Y. Go via Flickr.

Music used in this edition of Earthbeat: ‘The World’s Gone Mad’ & ‘Breakdown’ by Handsome Boy Modeling School.

Portland, OR – A Model City

August 14th, 2007

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On this edition of Earthbeat, host Daphne Wysham takes a road trip to one American city that many environmentalists call nirvana. Portland, Oregon is on track to meet the Kyoto Protocols, has a land use policy that stops sprawl, miles of bike lanes and even has a plan for Peak Oil.

Recording Earthbeat from the studios of KBOO in Portland, Daphne gets an overview of Portland’s policies with city commissioner Erik Sten and the Oregon Environmental Council’s Teresa Huntsinger.

Taking a in-depth look at Portland’s Peak Oil program is Michael Armstrong with the city’s office of Sustainable Development, and David Cohan. David is a project manager for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and a member of the grassroots group that put Peak Oil in Portland front and center.

Finally, Daphne talks about the main reason why so many people move to Portland — its astounding natural resources. Steve Pedrey the spokesman for Oregon Wild discusses so-called ‘salvage logging’ after forest fires and how it damages the environment and the CEO and President of the Wild Salmon Center – Guido Rahr, discusses the effects this fish has on the economy, and the psyche, of the Pacific Northwest.

This edition of Earthbeat is dedicated to Dr. Donald Wysham, a man whose love of the great outdoors remains an inspiration.

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Image used courtesy of Bill Harvey via Flickr.

Music used in this edition of Earthbeat: Portland, Oregon by Loretta Lynn & Portland by The Replacements.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Thank you to all the wonderful people and volunteers at KBOO in Portland, Oregon. Don’t forget to support public radio, the voice of the people!

Pop Doc Power

August 6th, 2007

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Congressional hearings have investigated political interference by the Bush Administration on climate scientists. Rick Piltz, the Director of the non-profit group Climate Science Watch, joins Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell in discussing the hearings.

We’ll also ‘talk doc’ and investigate the dramatic shift in documentary film. We speak to filmmaker Grace Guggenheim, of Guggenheim Productions (and the sister of the Academy-award winning director of the Al Gore movie An Inconvenient Truth) joins Larry Engle of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at The American University and NYU film school professor George Stoney on how documentaries are now popular cinema.

And we focus on one documentary that’s burning up the festival circuit – Black Gold. Co-Director and producer Nick Francis joins the senior policy advisor of Oxfam’s US office, Gawain Kripke, on how you might want to change how you order that double-latte with foam.

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Photo by Mariam Shoaib, Lahore, Pakistan. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.