After ten years interviewing the best and the brightest in the environmental and climate community, time to say farewell to "The Green Front" on PRN with Dr. James Hansen, the pioneering former NASA scientist who has become one of the world's most powerful voices urging action to confront the calamity of carbon pollution. We also speak with another leader in the climate movement--Michael Brune. The Executive Director of The Sierra Club joins us with his thoughts on where we need to go next.
"We are sawing off the limb we're sitting on". That quote from futurist Paul Erlich, just one of many dramatic comments in the new film, "Call of Life". The 6th great extinction is upon us and yet most Americans remain in the dark about this and other urgent challenges to our life support system on earth. Director, Monte Thompson, joins me to discuss the making of this important film and it's urgent message to humanity. Next, Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael Kraft joins us from the University of Wisconsin to share what prompted him to go out on a limb demanding congress pass more comprehensive climate legislation.
originally aired 12/11/13
Our first guest is an unlikely "fractivist"...Lou Allstadt is a longtime former Executive Vice President of Mobil Oil and he shares
Despite the Obama administration's insistence that natural gas must be a part of United States energy policy, it's increasingly clear that natural gas is not all that it's "fracked" up to be--and that it has already inflicted harm upon communities, our country, and climate. Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity joins us to discuss a new report on how the fracking industry has messed with, and messed up, Texas. Next, tireless--and fearless-- climate activist Douglas Grandt joins us to discuss his efforts to encourage ExxonMobil to care about our climate, one letter at a time...
Doug's letters to Rex Tillerson, Barack Obama and the State Department are archived at http://TellRex.com. His 350+ letters to Rex are in a collection http://bit.ly/letters2Rex . He encourages everybody to "Write to Rex, Write Away!"
Human-caused climate change will be calamitous for many--and extremely profitable for a few. McKenzie Funk's new book "Windfall" examines the interests that stand to cash in on the consequences of carbon; he joins us in our first segment. Next, as the world tunes in to the summery Winter Games at Sochi, author and skier Porter Fox discusses the threat climate chaos poses to the ski industry, winter sports, and even the Olympics themselves. Slushy conditions already affecting athletes results in Russia. From snow boarding to snow hoarding--what does it portend??
History may record Republican operative and Fox News Channel head Roger Ailes as being every bit as darkly effective as Charles and David Koch in terms of twisting the American political system in order to block needed action on human-caused climate change. Gabriel Sherman, author of "The Loudest Voice in the Room," discusses the legacy of the man who dispensed the dialogue of denial to millions of TV and radio listeners. And all in the name of "entertainment" , environment be damned (says Betsy!). Then Ryan Cooper of the Washington Monthly and Evan McMorris-Santoro of Buzzfeed discuss the growing grassroots effort to compel President Obama to take the moral high ground on whether or not to under ground the Keystone XL pipeline.
NWF's Miles Grant joins us again to discuss the President's SOTU address as it relates to some of our favorite topics.
While much of the Northeast is once again stuck in a polar vortex, mainstream media entities are stuck in a tunnel of NOT connecting the weather dots— the Republican Party is spinning in a vortex of denial.Why? We get answers from Salon assistant editor Lindsay Abrams and Brigham Young University geochemistry professor Barry Bickmore.