Cash for Clunkers is Chump Change for the Climate

August 11th, 2009

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‘Cash for Clunkers’ is touted as a green program – but experts say it actually takes funds away from dollars already dedicated to a loan program for renewable energy.

Host Daphne Wysham investigates with Michael Gerrard, the professor of environmental law at Columbia Law School and the director of its Center for Climate Change Law. Joining the conversation is Henry Jacoby, a professor of management ad co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

India is considering a massive solar program that it hopes will help provide that country with needed power. Shankar Venkateswaran joins us from India; he’s the social policy director for the group SustainAbility. In our studios is Namrata Patodia, an international fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

And the Navajo Nation goes green. Natasha K. Johnson, the legislative staff assistant for the Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker talks about the new resolution that focuses on green energy jobs, and Wahleah Johns, the co-director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, speaks about the effort to move the Navajo from extractive industries to green ones.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is from the soundtrack to the TV show Dexter on Milan Records.

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

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Image used courtesy of Tabbi Kat via Flickr.

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