Archive for February, 2010

EPA Scientists Speak Out & The Story of Cap and Trade – Redux

February 25th, 2010

The EPA tried to silence two of its own staffers when they criticizing the White House’s cap and trade program. Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel about their YouTube video that shows how cap and trade is fatally flawed.

Then, The Story of Cap and Trade. Host Daphne Wysham, who recently penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post on cap and trade, speaks to narrator Annie Leonard and and the founder of Free Range Studios, Jonah Sachs, the animator. The Story of Cap and Trade is featured in The New York Times and creating a stir in the blogosphere.

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi joins us to discuss how the investment bank Goldman Sachs stands to make a killing in the carbon market.

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

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Secretive Science Behind Blocking Out the Sun

February 16th, 2010

Valkyrieh116Billionaires Bill Gates and Richard Branson are funneling millions of dollars into far-out solutions to climate change. It’s called geoengineering and these high-risk, planet-altering schemes are already underway. Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss these plans is Diana Bronson of the ETC Group in Montreal, Canada.

The massive snowstorms that blanketed the nation’s capitol are just one instance of odd-ball weather this winter. Joining us to discuss the connections between the weather and climate change is Dr. Amanda Staudt, a climate scientist for the National Wildlife Federation.

The sweet smell of success on coal-fired power. Bruce Nilles, the director of the Sierra Club’s national coal campaign, joins us to discuss how nearly all of the 150 planned coal-fired power plants have been stopped nationwide.

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The Worst Greenhouse Gas You’ve Never Heard Of – Redux

February 8th, 2010

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It’s ten thousand times worse that carbon dioxide, and it’s sitting in your refrigerator. HFCs were designed to be an ‘environmentally friendly’ alternative to the ozone-hole creating CFCs in our air conditioners and fridges.

For this rebroadcast of Earthbeat, host Mike Tidwell discusses how the White House held closed-door meetings that may result in HFCs becoming a bargaining chip on the worldwide carbon market with David Sassoon, the editor of the website Solve Climate; and Kert Davies of Greenpeace joins the conversation to discuss a safe alternative to HFCs — that are banned by the EPA.

A DC lobbying group forged anti-climate letters – pretending to be grassroots African-American and Hispanic non-profits groups in Virginia. Tim Freilich is a board member of Creciendo Junto, one of the groups whose identity was stolen. Joining the conversation to speak about and other coal company subterfuge is Jeff Biggers, the author of the book The United States of Appalachia.

TV weathermen could be a force for educating the public about the connections between our weather and climate change, but instead they’re often high-profile climate deniers. Joe Romm, editor of the website Climate Progress, discusses the lack of progress on the nightly news.

Image used with permission from listener Eric Crowley via Flickr. Thank you Eric!

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is the song ‘Sweeping’ from The Devil Makes Three.

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

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Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal

February 2nd, 2010

‘Clean Coal’ has been the rallying call of the coal industry in America, but as author and activist Jeff Biggers explains to Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham, it’s actually a strategy that the dirty industry has used throughout history to push back on any types of restrictions on coal mining.

Jeff is the author of the book – Reckoning at Eagle Creek. He’s also the author and one of the three main characters in the new play Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal. Joining him in the play is Stephanie Pistello and Ben Evans.

The play The Saudi Arabia of Coal will be at Busboys and Poets on 14th St., NW in Washington, DC on February 9th at 7 pm and February 10th at 9 pm on its tour across the United States.

Then we hear about the Appalachian elementary school that is just downhill of a massive pond of ‘slurry’ left behind from Mountain Top Removal mining. Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Coal River Mountain Watch’s Judy Bonds, Bobby Mitchell, Lorelei Scarboo as well as Alan Johnson for Christians for the Mountains.

Mary Anne Hitt is the director of Appalachian Voices and a native to the area. She spoke passionately at the IFG/IPS Teach-In about the effects of coal mining on both the land, and the culture, of Appalachia.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat comes from Moving Mountains – an album that benefits the fight against Mountain Top Removal Mining. The song is “The Fiddler’s Ballad” by Jen Osha with Wolf Creek Session.

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

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