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Fukushima’s Informational Fallout; Obama’s Nuclear Connections; Billionaires & Salazar Push Coal in Wyoming; EJ Leaders Celebrate Halt to Cap and Trade

March 29th, 2011

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has quietly doubled what it considers “safe” exposure levels to nuclear radiation. Japan issues conflicting claims about levels of radioactivity. The French and Austrian governments are putting forth different numbers on the radiation emerging from Japan.

Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss the reliability – or lack thereof – of claims of “safety” in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster is Dr. Arjun Makhijani, the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Makhijani is the author of numerous reports and books, including the book “Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy.”

** Update: The US EPA is testing milk for radiation contamination. **

Mary Olson is the director of the Southeast Office of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. She explains how President Obama’s ties to the nuclear industry include some of his closest advisers, staff, and fundraisers. She also explores the challenging issues around nuclear waste storage and transport.

Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham interviewed the Institute for Policy Studies‘ Bob Alvarez about spent fuel here in the U.S. for our television partners – The Real News.

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The US has opened up huge swaths of public land in Wyoming to coal mining in a deal that involves billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Jeff Biggers gives us the latest. Biggers is the author of “Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland.”

Finally, environmental justice activists declared victory in California courts, bringing cap and trade to a halt in the state. We hear from attorney and plaintiff Angela Johnson-Meszaros on why they challenged cap and trade and what’s next.

Additional information and audio will be posted shortly.

Image by Abode of Chaos, used via a Creative Commons license from Flickr.

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

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Nuclear Disaster in Japan; Human Health Consequences of Radiation Exposure; and the True Price of Oil

March 15th, 2011

Nuclear power plants in Japan are exploding as the country struggles to cool them down and recover from the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss the latest on the disaster is Damon Moglen. Damon is the director of the climate and energy program for the Friends of the Earth.

Doctor Ira Helfand, the past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, tells us how the radiation released will affect people and the effects of potassium iodide pills. He advises US residents on how to prepare in case of radioactive fallout in the US.

In the light of the disaster, the French government released a memo advising its citizens to leave Tokyo.

The BP oil spill continues to kill wildlife along America’s Gulf Coast. Antonia Juhasz tells us the latest on the BP spill, the Chevron spill in Ecuador and how instability globally is affecting prices at the pump. Antonia is the director of the energy program at Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based humans rights group. She’s the author of the book The Tyranny of Oil and up forthcoming book is Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.

Samantha Joye at the University of Georgia continues to research the Gulf Oil Spill.

Music during the breaks from this week’s show is the song “Rescue” by Sanjay Mishra from the CD by the same name.

Select the image below to view Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham’s interview with author Harvey Wasserman on The Real News Network.

photo: Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters. caption: Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, Japan, March 13.

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Factory Farms, The Story of Electronics & Our Pursuit of Treasure

December 28th, 2010

A new online map of factory farms highlights how the industry continues to consolidate into massive cattle and chicken farms – and is still pushing the opposite of ‘eat local.’ Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch joins host Daphne Wysham to review their new Factory Farm map.

‘Tis the season for … returning those gifts. An effort is underway to get computer and mp3 player manufactures to accept returns of their older models – keeping potentially toxic chemicals out of landfills. Joining us to discuss The Story of Electronics is Ted Smith, the coordinator of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology and chair of the Electronics Take Back Coalition, and Allison Cook, special coordinator with the Story of Stuff Project.

Then, how human’s innate desire for ‘treasure’ could be harnessed to drive us toward a more sustainable future. Saleem Ali is the author of the book Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future. He’s a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.

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Some additional information on how to safely get rid of your electronics can be found at the International Campaign for Responsible Technology, StopSamsung, the Asia Monitor Resource Center, Schools and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior and GoodElectronics.

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Money, Climate and the Midterm Elections

October 26th, 2010

It’s the final countdown to the midterm elections and already it’s been one for the record books. A record amount of corporate money is flooding into races around the country through secret organizations that hide their donors. Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen joins host Daphne Wysham to discuss the vast sums of corporate money that’s pushing this election season.

A look at how California voters’ decision on Prop 23 could undermine California’s climate change law – it’s a Proposition almost solely supported by three out-of-state oil companies.  Gabe Wisniewski, a climate campaigner with Greenpeace from their San Francisco office, joins the discussion with Danny Kennedy, the founder of the solar energy company Sungevity.

Then, we’ll shine as much light as possible on all the dark corners of this election season – from the US Chamber of Commerce, to the children’s publisher Scholastic with Pete Altman of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

To take action against Scholastic’s union with the Chamber of Commerce – go HERE!

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