Archive for May, 2009

Wax On, Wax Off – The Pros & Cons of Waxman-Markey

May 26th, 2009

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Today on Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell debates the massive Waxman-Markey climate bill with Joe Romm, the editor of the blog Climate Progress, and the author of the book, Hell and High Water.

Waxman-Markey is the shorthand for the massive, over 900-page climate change legislation introduced by Congressmen Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts.

Then Mike discusses a blue-ribbon military report that says that America’s national security is gravely threatened by our country’s reliance on fossil fuels. The authors of the report include a former Army Chief of Staff, Commanders-in-Chief of U-S forces around the world, general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and a former NASA space shuttle astronaut.

Joining us to discuss the report is the executive director of the Military Advisory Board of the Center for Naval Analsyes, the non-profit research arm of the center – Sherri Goodman.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat comes from the album Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort.

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

Roundtable on Waxman-Markey & New Car Emission Standards

May 21st, 2009

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As the behemoth Waxman-Markey climate bill lurches forward – environmental groups are rallying to strengthen the bill. On this special edition of Earthbeat, host Daphne Wysham moderates a roundtable discussion on the bill and the new EPA vehicle emission standards.

Taking part in the discussion is David Bookbinder of the Sierra Club, Erich Pica of Friends of the Earth, Carroll Muffett of Greenpeace USA, Payal Parekh of International Rivers, and Devin Helfrich of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

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Al Gore Takes on Congress

May 12th, 2009

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Al Gore takes on the largest group of climate deniers – Congressional Republicans. During the Waxman-Markey climate bill hearings the former Vice President countered ignorance with information.

Today on Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell reviews Al Gore’s climate testimony.

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Carbon Taxes & Nuclear Debates

May 5th, 2009

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The global economic collapse has shown the folly of letting Wall Street traders run the world. The result is a wake-up call to those who believed that climate change could be fixed by carbon credits in the global market. The alternative is a carbon tax. In this encore edition of Earthbeat, host Daphne Wysham speaks to Charles Komanoff of the Carbon Tax Center.

Then, a debate at the National Press Club in Washington, DC between two environmental leaders on the merits and problems of relying on nuclear power to fight global warming. Patrick Moore is the co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, he debated Arjun Makhijani, the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

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

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