Archive for November, 2008

Greening the Economic Bailout

November 25th, 2008

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Could the economic bailouts that seem to pour endlessly out of Washington become clean, green stimulus for our nation’s economy? Host Mike Tidwell discusses how these economic stimulus packages could put us on a path to fight global warming with Betsy Taylor, the founder of 1Sky and Heidi Garrett Peltier, an economist with the Political Economy Research Institute and a co-author of Green Recovery.

K.C. Golden, the policy director for Climate Solutions, discusses his recent editorial on the bailout of America’s big three automakers. Then we get a view from a different type of climate spectator, Bill O’Toole is the prognosticator for the J. Gruber’s Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack.

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Gore’s Carbon Free Energy Plan

November 18th, 2008

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Al Gore’s ambitious energy goal for America may now become national policy. In this encore edition of Earthbeat, we review Gore’s plan for the United States to produce all of its electricity from carbon-free, renewable energy sources within 10 years.

Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss the economic and political feasibility of the plan is Congressman Jay Inslee, the Democratic Representative for the 1st District of Washington, State. Inslee is also the co-author of Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy. Joining the conversation is S. David Freeman, he has over 30 years of experience in Washington’s energy politics, and he’s the author of Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How.

A new green economy won’t just fight global warming — it’ll be a rising tide that lifts all boats. That’s according to Van Jones, the founder of Green for All. It’s a theme backed by hard data in the recent report, A Climate of Change. Author Nia Robinson, discusses exactly how to make these connections. Nia is the director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative.

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The Dawning of a New Day

November 11th, 2008

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What can climate activists can expect from an Obama Administration? We’re taking the nose-to-tail approach – looking at everything from how the economic crisis may affect climate change plans — to specific executive orders that could come as early as January. Joining host Mike Tidwell to discuss the ins and outs of Obama is Joe Romm, the editor of Climate Progress.

Then, we’ll look at the youth vote and discuss if there truly is a movement among young voters toward a clean green future with Josh Tulkin of Energy Action. And, as a reminder that the effects of the Bush Administration won’t go away overnight – we’ll discuss how State Police officers spied on Tulkin, Tidwell and other climate activists. The dawning of a brand-new day. That’s coming up – today – on Earthbeat.

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Climate Censorship & Health Effects

November 3rd, 2008

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The climate censorship practiced under the Bush Administration will likely continue into the next administration – no matter who wins on Election Day. That’s according to Celia Wexler of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Rick Piltz of Climate Science Watch.

Then, Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell discusses how climate change is affecting the health of the American people right now. He speaks to Doctor Cindy Parker of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Daniel Weiss of the Center for American Progress.

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