Category Archives: Energy

Top Ecostories of 2005 and green-tinted films

Before 2005 becomes just another bad memory we’ll do a quick rewind and name the Top Five Environmental Stories Of The Year with David Roberts, Assistant Editor for our favorite green news website, Grist magazine.

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Then on to some better news with Amy Warren, of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency – she’ll tell us about a model anti-idling program getting revved up in the Seattle area. Idling tidbits to keep in mind:
On average, a single vehicle dropping
off and picking up kids at one school puts three pounds of pollution
into the air per month.

Vehicle idling consumes 1/2 to 1 gallon of fuel per hour. Put another way, idling = ZERO mpg. It is more efficient to turn off and restart your car than it is to idle for more than 30 seconds.
Asthma is the most common chronic
illness in children and the cause of most school absences.  Children’s
asthma symptoms increase as a result of car exhaust.

Also contributing to this segment is EcoTalk’s co-producer Shana Weber talking about commercial truck idling, the new laws in place and new technology that makes it easier to turn those big engines off at night and still stay comfortable in the cab.
Listen (7 min)

Our second half will focus on films with a green tint…first, The End of Suburbia with Julian Darley, founder and director of the Post-Carbon Institute
this DVD is playing at house parties across America and driving
housewives to abandon their SUVs en masse (we wish).

Listen (11 min)


The second film in
the EcoTalk spotlight is Syriana. NRDC‘s Daniel Hinerfeld  critique this geo-political thriller, starring George Clooney. It is a project of Participants production, a different type of producer. The movie is also an opportunity to participate in the Oil Change campaign to reduce our dependance on oil, inspired by the film and organized by NRDC and the Sierra Club.
Listen (7 min)

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Oil Vey

AndrewrevkinSo just what WAS accomplished at the U.N. Climate Change conference in Montreal?
We’ll find out from New York Times environment reporter, Andrew RevkinAndy also lends his voice and musical talent (who knew?) to this week’s theme s
song…Liberated Carbon…by his band Uncle WadeListen (11 min)


Paulrogers_1Paul Rogers, science reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, will join us for an update on what California is doing to combat global warming while the Bush administration fiddles away.  Listen (7 min)


DanielrepstadIn our second half
we’ll hear  Daniel
,  senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center and
founder of the Amazon
Institute of Ecological Research in Brazil, will join us to talk about a devastating drought unfolding in the Brazilian
rainforest, most likely the result of climate disruption.  Listen (12 min)


Jerome_ringoLast, but not least, Jerome Ringo, new president of the Apollo Alliance ,
will weigh in on this week’s announcement by the Energy Department that
the price of oil will continue to rise steadily (surprise!) and so the
U.S. must turn to "renewables, like coal and nuclear". Oy to the worldListen (7 min)

Arctic refuge and clean vehicles

Robert_redford_1We’ll start by a few moments from the celebration in San Francisco of 35 years of environmental advocacy by NRDC, including a few words by MC Robert Redford. Listen (3 min)


Sarah_wilhoite_1We’ll get the latest on the effort to stop Congress from opening the Arctic Refuge for drilling from Sarah Wilhoite, Legislative Associate with Earthjustice .
Listen  (3 min)


Niel_golightly_1We’ll then turn to whats fueling the U.S. oil grab….our thirsty gas guzzlers. Niel Golightly, Ford’s Sustainable Business Strategies Director, talks
about their efforts to improve the fleets lowest EPA mileage rating and
what he thinks of protests against the automaker scheduled for this
weekend. Listen (6 min)

Louise_wells_bedsworth_2 We’ll also learn why Toyota, – the darling of enviros – is the
target of a campaign by Union of Concerned Scientists and others. well
talk to Louise Bedsworth, a senior analyst with their Clean Vehicles Program. Listen (8 min)


And then Jeff Slye, CEO of Business Evolution Consulting will tell us what he learned doing eco-makeovers for the hotel industry. Listen (12 min)


Global warming and you

With Wilma taking aim at the Florida coast and the hurricane center quickly running out of names we’ll speak with global warming guru Ross Gelbspan about "Katrina’s True Name". The author, journalist and lecturer tells us why we should prepare for more extreme weather. We’ll also be chatting with Laurie David, eco-activist and wife of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David. Laurie discusses why she’s so enthusiastic about curbing global warming as is Steve Cochran, with Environmental Defense’s Undo It campaign. We’ll also hear why a change in the climate is impacting trout habitat in Montana – and what it means to you – from NRDC’s George Black.

Rossgelbspan_2 Ross Gelbspan Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Boiling point (just published in paperback).
Listen to the first part of the interview (11 min)
Listen to the second part of the interview (7 minutes)

More info on (the people’s ratification).

We’ll also hear parts of the song Change in the climate by Sharon Abreu

Ed_cochranSteve Cochran, Director of Strategic Communications for Environmental Defense Fund

about their global warming undoit campaign.

Listen (4 min)




Lauriedavid_1 Laurie David Founder and active promoter of the virtual march

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Montana2 NRDC‘s magazine OnEarth explores the impact of global warming on trout habitat in Montana: how anglers and environmentalists join forces. George Black is articles Editor for OnEarth and his last book is The Trout Paradox. Listen (7 min)

NRDC also join forces with EcoTalk via a special partnership.

We wish  and hope other groups join us to promote and produce more radiobroadcasts about key environmental issues.

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Energy matters

This weekend on EcoTalk Betsy’s guests are

Hilda_solis_1 Congresswoman Hilda Solis (D-CA East LA) will tell us about the so called Gas Act, the raucous GOP (Getting Outrageously Pushy) House vote on legislation to relax restrictions on oil refineries. She led a drive for an alternative bill. 

Listen (11 min)

Solar_cells A solar decathlon underway near the Washington mall will also also be a focus – college students from around the country competing to build the greenest house to show the public, and politicians, what’s possible – we’ll speak with Tor Allen of the Rahus Institute and Cal Poly student Robert Johnson. Listen (6 min)

Our third segment is devoted to solar pioneers Joyce Mason, Vice-President Marketing for Pardee Homes building the nation’s first 100% solar-powered housing development and developer Jack Fleming creating the first solar-powered seniors home.  Listen (11 min)

Lightbulbsmall Finally Wendy Reed, Communications Manager for Change a light, change the world  wil ltalk about this campaign of the EPA’s Energy Star programListen (7 min)

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