Archive for June, 2010

Fracking for Natural Gas; A Discussion with Lester Brown

June 30th, 2010


Fracking for natural gas can cause flames to shoot out of water faucets and pollute groundwater with unknown chemicals – and yet the EPA has little authority to regulate this process used by the natural gas industry in 38 states. In this rebroadcast edition of Earthbeat, Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Abrahm Lustgarten about the 60 stories he’s written about fracking for the non-profit investigative journalism group – ProPublica.

Then, a discussion on how the rest of the world is leaping forward on a clean energy future with Lester Brown. Lester is the president of the Earth Policy Institute and the author of an editorial in the Washington Post and the book, Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization.

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BP’s Corporate Culture, Burning US Forests for Electricity, Jail for Climate Protestor, and ‘Hands Across the Sand’

June 22nd, 2010

bp_mexico-gulfWIn the wake of the ongoing oil disaster along America’s Gulf Coast, what’s in store for the corporation at the core of the problem? Charlie Cray, the director of the Center for Corporate Policy and Phil Mattera, the director of the Corporate Research Project join host Daphne Wysham to discuss BP’s future.

Clear cutting and then burning American forests to create electricity is considered a ‘clean energy solution’ in both the House and Senate energy plans. Mary Booth, a researcher for the Environmental Working Group, discusses how this practice is set to dramatically increase in the coming years with coal-fired power plants looking to wood as their new fuel. Booth’s report is Clear Cut Disaster. Mary is also the founder of the Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance.

Ted Glick is facing up to three years in jail for unfurling a banner protesting climate change inaction in the U.S. Capitol. Ted, the policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, discusses his misdemeanor conviction that may result in him serving more jail time than any BP executive.

Hands Across the Sand is set to become one of the world’s largest demonstrations against the Gulf oil disaster and offshore oil drilling. Whit Jones joins us. Whit is the co-field director for Energy Action.

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Shrimper Protests BP, Fla. Senator Stands up to Offshore Oil and ‘Getting a Grip’

June 15th, 2010


A lifelong shrimper and fisherwoman from the Gulf Coast details years of lax regulation and unsafe conditions forced upon fishermen by oil and chemical companies. Diane Wilson made headlines when she covered herself in oil in protest during the recent Senate hearings on the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The Texas native is also a founder of CodePink. She spoke with Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham prior to her arrest on Capitol Hill.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson has stood up to calls to ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ for decades. This longtime Democrat recently discussed the oil industry’s pressure on lawmakers during a recent appearance at a Congressional Quarterly weekly event in Washington.

Then, Daphne Wysham’s conversation with the author of Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappe on her new project, Getting a Grip 2.

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Obama’s Response to Gulf Oil Disaster; Bonn Climate Talks & ‘Extreme Energy’

June 8th, 2010

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From the EPA to the Department of the Interior to the President himself – a review how the Obama Administration is handling the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Host Daphne Wysham speaks to Kieran Suckling, the executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Then, an update on the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany with Rachel Smolker, the co-director of BioFuel Watch and Janet Redman, the co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network and a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

And a presentation by author Michael Klare on the follies of our relentless pursuit of extreme energy. Klare’s latest book is Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet.

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Exxon Funds Synthetic Algae; White House Cancer Report; and Haitians Burn Monsanto Seeds

June 1st, 2010


Jim Thomas of the ETC Group discusses what’s behind Exxon pouring millions of dollars into the world’s first synthetic life form, a algae named ‘Synthia.’

Then, crude oil and the toxic chemicals BP is using to disperse the oil is now killing wildlife all along America’s Gulf Coast. Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss the connections between these toxic chemicals and cancer is Sam Epstein. Doctor Epstein is a professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and the chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition.

The President’s Cancer Panel warns that childhood cancer is increasing for unexplained reasons in its latest annual report.

Haitian farmers decide to set fire to bags of Monsanto seeds rather than plant the pesticide-laden hybrids. Beverly Bell of the Institute for Policy Studies details her Huffington Post article on how giant agribusiness corporations are using the rebuilding effort from the Haitian earthquake as an opportunity to exploit Haitian farmers and cause further food shortages.

Image of a plane distributing chemical dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico