Archive for March, 2008

Talking Transportation

March 25th, 2008

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Over one-third of all global warming emissions come from planes, trains and most of all – automobiles. Every time we burn one gallon of gasoline in our cars – we release 20 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham will discuss the high price of oil – both in dollars and in degrees.

Joining us in our Washington, DC studios is John Krieger a staff attorney for the U.S. PIRG; and Colin Peppard, the Transportation Policy Coordinator for the Friends of the Earth.

An upcoming hearing in California seeks to weaken the already crippled state law requiring automakers to build zero-emission vehicles. Danielle Fugere, the west coast regional program director of Friends of the Earth joins electric car enthusiast Earl Killian. Earl is the proud owner of two electric cars: Snow White & the Force and is a board member of the Electric Car Association.

Finally we hear from the automaker themselves. Joining us in the studios is Keith Cole, the manager of General Motors‘ hydrogen car project and Patrick Serfass from the National Hydrogen Association; as well as John Shore – one of the originators of the $10 (m) million dollar Progressive Automotive X-Prize.

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

Insurance & Climate Change

March 19th, 2008

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Today on Earthbeat — Robbing Peter — to pay Paul.

Insurance companies in the United States use one hand to deny policies to Americans living on the
East Coast — while using the other hand to inves billions of dollars in coal-fired power plants and other polluting industries.

Host Mike Tidwell discusses the surprisingly fascinating business of insurance and climate change with Joel Gordes of Environmental Energy Solutions. Joel follows the industry from his offices near the insurance capital of the world – Hartford, Connecticut.

Florida is often called a ‘worst case scenario come true’ when it comes insurance. Randy Diamond reports on insurance and writes the blog Gotcha Covered for Florida’s Palm Beach Post. Amy Bach is the co-founder of the consumer rights group in California – United Policyholders.

And then we hear from the insurance industry itself. David Snyder is a lawyer for the lobbying group, the American Insurance Association. Joining him is Andrew Logan, the director of insurance programs for Ceres, a coalition of investors and environmental groups that encourage environmentally sound business decisions.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat is by Groove Armada’s Back To Mine remix of Barry White’s “Playing Your Game Baby” and “I Should’ve Known Better” by Mica Paris.

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

Presidential Aspirations

March 11th, 2008

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Host Daphne Wysham speaks to former Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich — to get his point of view on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain.

We’ll from Scott McLarty from the Green Party and hear from pollster Mark Bocian who says — Americans now believe that renewable energy is more important than health care, education and crime. Bocian is with the research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. And we hear from Victor Menotti on the intersection of the World Bank and combating climate change. Menotti is the program director at the International Forum on Globalization. He spoke at the recent IFG/IPS Teach-In.

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Climate Change Doubters

March 4th, 2008

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On the first weekend of March, hundreds of people attended a conference on climate change in New York City. What made this conference different from, well, just about every other climate change conference held around the world? This conference called into question the idea that climate change is man-made.

Host Mike Tidwell speaks to James Taylor, the organizer of the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change. Taylor is also a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, a non-profit group based in Chicago that has been funded by ExxonMobile. Joining them to give his first-hand account of attending the conference is Kevin Grandia, the author of the website DeSmogBlog.

John McCain is the presumptive Republican nominee for president and his rise upsets the many conservatives in America who disagree that climate change is man-made. But is McCain truly good for the climate? Earthbeat contributor Joe Romm discusses McCain’s climate record. Romm is the author of the book “Hell and High Water” and of the website Climate Progress.

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