Archive for the ‘Peak Oil’ Category

‘Shock Doctrine’ in Effect; Activist Faces Prison for Disrupting Oil Auction; US House Slashes EPA & ‘Climate Cranks’

February 25th, 2011

Corporations are using the panic and disorientation of budget crises to crush unions and environmental protections, that’s according to Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein. In a conversation with host Daphne Wysham, Klein tells us how those in Wisconsin and other places are pushing back to catch corporate tax dodgers.

US Uncut actions are occurring across America.

The federal government must pass a budget within days – or all government services will screech to a halt. But Republicans in the US House passed a budget bill that strips the EPA of its power. Anna Aurilio, the DC director of Environment America, says the shortfalls could be filled by stopping the ‘free pass’ oil companies get on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re not paying $5 billion dollars a year on these oil leases.

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher faces federal felony charges for interrupting a federal auction of oil and gas leases – an auction held in the last few days of the Bush Administration in 2008. We’ll hear from Tim – ‘bidder number 70′ – who managed to ‘win’ a number of the leases before the auction was halted. Interview courtesy of Solve Climate.

Then, Mark Hertsgaard takes on ‘climate cranks’ in his new book Hot and with Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham on The Real News Network.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes Bucky Halker’s songs, Union Fights the Battle of Freedom, and Democratic Blues.

Image used courtesy USUncut.

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Wikileaks Says Saudi Oil Reserves May Be Vastly Overstated, Koch Brothers Push for Tar Sands Pipeline & Saving Social Security with a Carbon Tax

February 15th, 2011

Wikileaks documents show that a top Saudi Arabian geologist told US diplomats that Saudis were overestimating the country’s oil reserves by as much as 40 percent. These cables were discovered by the environmental reporter for The Guardian – John Vidal. John joins Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham to discuss these cables, the geologist’s attempts to retract or at least re-frame his comments, and what the whole affairs means for world oil prices and peak oil.

The Koch Brothers have made billions in the oil industry and it’s been uncovered that they plan to spend millions to defeat President Obama in the upcoming election – and yet they’re pushing the Obama Administration to approve a massive new pipeline that would bring oil from Canadian tar sands down to Texas refineries. Joe Smyth of Greenpeace joins us to discuss the Keystone Pipeline and the Koch Brother’s deep pockets and political maneuvers.

Elaine Kamarck is with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She says that one way we could finance climate action is by having a carbon tax, and put the proceeds toward shoring up social security.

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World on the Edge – A Discussion with Author Lester Brown

February 10th, 2011

The world is facing a potentially devastating ‘Food Bubble,’ that according to pioneering environmentalist Lester Brown. in his new work – ‘World on the Edge’ – Lester seeks to reconcile dueling predictions of our future: The scientists who say climate change will cause incredible disruption in our food, water and energy sources; And the economists who continue to predict steadily increasing world growth.

Lester’s earlier book, ‘Plan B’ will be the subject of an upcoming PBS television special hosted by Matt Damon this Spring. Host Daphne Wysham sits down with the founder of the Earth Policy Institute – Lester Brown – for a look into the world’s future.

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Sudan’s Surprisingly Rich Wetlands; Oil Insider on the BP Gulf Disaster & A Transportation Revolution

November 19th, 2010

Sudan is the largest country in Africa and its climate spans vast deserts and massive wetlands. Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham discusses Sudan’s future with the head of Southern Sudan’s Anti-Corruption Commission, Pauline Riak.

Families along the Gulf of Mexico are still reeling from the BP Oil Disaster this summer, and now a 20-year oil company veteran says there are similar problems lurking in even deeper waters. Arthur Berman spent 20 years with Amoco Oil as a specialty geologist; he discussed deep water drilling at the recent conference here in Washington, DC by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.

A transportation revolution is on its way thanks to high gas prices and climate change, that’s according to author Anthony Perl. Perl’s the coauthor of the new book Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes the song ‘Al Itshitit’ from the album Songs of the Sudan by Mustafa Al Sunni & Abd Al Hafiz Karar and the song ‘Hurricane Season’ from the album Backatown by Trombone Shorty.

Image of Southern Sudan children by Arsenie Coseac via Flickr, subject to a creative commons license.

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

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Continuing Impact of Oil in Gulf Waters, Mining Whistleblower Speaks Out Against Massey, and UK Transition Towns

July 20th, 2010

The April 5th, 2000 Massey Energy coal mine explosion in Upper Big Branch, West Virginia, was the deadliest mining disaster in 40 years. Whistleblower Jack Spadaro speaks out against Massey Energy and US government officials who fired him for criticizing Massey’s failure to implement safeguards that could have prevented the discharge of toxic coal slurry–a spill at least 25 times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Spadero alleges that the same man who pushed him out under formerPresident George W. Bush in 2000 for investigating Massey wrongdoing is now playing a key role in the investigation of the Massey coal mine explosion in 2010.

Then, joining us after a recent trip to the Gulf of Mexico is David Helvarg, the author of ” Saved By the Sea: A Love Story with Fish” and founder and president of the marine conservation group Blue Frontier. Helvarg speaks about the effects of the BP oil spill on aquatic life and a promising stewardship initiative implemented by the Obama Administration to protect the oceans, coastlines, and Great Lakes.

Rob Hopkins, the co-founder of Transition Towns in the UK, speaks to host Daphne Wysham on the opportunities of peak oil. Transition Town Totnes (TTT), the original Transition Town, has served as a model for the 321 Transition Towns worldwide striving to sustain themselves in a world beyond oil.

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