Archive for April, 2009

Tracking Giveaways to Utility Companies in Waxman-Markey

April 28th, 2009

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Today on Earthbeat, host Mike Tidwell discusses the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing on the climate bill. Joining him for the conversation is Peter Barnes of the Tomales Bay Institute and the founder of the telephone company Working Assets. Peter’s most recent book is Capitalism 3.0. Joining the discussion is David Sassoon, the author of the blog Solve Climate.

President Obama is continuing the ‘major emitters’ conference begun by President Bush, joining Mike to discuss the conference and the latest climate science is Joe Romm, the author of the book Hell and High Water and the editor of the blog Climate Progress.

Then, how the book industry is going green, we speak to Tyson Miller, the founder and director of the Green Press Initiative.

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A REDD Alert for Forests

April 21st, 2009

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A REDD alert for forests. Host Daphne Wysham discusses how many industries want to buy their way out of carbon restrictions by paying other countries to stop deforestation. One new study says that could result in even greater carbon emissions. Joining her to discuss the issue from Greenpeace International are Michelle Medeiros, the Forests for Climate Coordinator, and Roman Czebiniak, political adviser on climate change and forests.

In Canada, a political battle in that could squelch carbon tax ideas in the U.S., we’ll hear from Tzepora Berman, the executive director for PowerUP Canada and Charles Komanoff of the U.S. Carbon Tax Center.

In the U.S., Congress is set to begin debate on the Waxman-Markey climate legislation, and yet many climate scientists say the bill draft isn’t setting its standards high enough to make a difference on climate change. We’ll hear from Phil Aroneanu, the co-coordinator of the group 350-dot-org, an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis and to focus on the number 350 as the safe level for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

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Cap-and-Cash, Black Carbon & Blow, Baby, Blow

April 14th, 2009

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New legislation that could cap carbon dioxide emissions and put cash in the hands of every man, woman, and child in America. Cap-and-Cash heads to Congress. We hear from the author of the Cap and Dividend Act of 2009, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a democrat representing Maryland’s Eighth District, and from Michael Noble, the executive director of Fresh Energy, an energy policy organization in Minneapolis – St. Paul.

‘Black carbon’ makes up 50 percent of the non-carbon dioxide global warming pollution in our atmosphere. Joining host Mike Tidwell to discuss black carbon is Durwood Zaelke, the president and founder of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development.

Then we’ll discuss how the Obama Administration may be turning ‘drill-baby-drill’ into ‘blow-baby-blow.’ We’ll hear from LA Times/Chicago Tribune reporter Jim Tankersley on a new form of offshore energy – deep-water wind.


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Legislation – or – Regulation?

April 7th, 2009

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Today on Earthbeat – The climate change bill introduced in the House may result in strong targets for renewables but it may also result in no greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the U.S. until 2030. We’ll have an in-depth look at the Waxman-Markey bill, and cast a critical eye on so-called ‘sub-prime carbon.’ Joining us from the studios of KPFA in Berkeley, California are Barbara Haya of International Rivers and Michelle Chan of the Friends of the Earth.

Then, if legislation won’t do it, will regulation? Host Daphne Wysham discusses the EPA’s moves toward regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act with David Bookbinder, the chief climate counsel for the Sierra Club.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat is by Sanjay Mishra, the album Chateau Benares.

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