Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Jun 28th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:43 am

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to energy justice advocate, researcher and political organizer Mike Ewall of the Energy Justice Network about "corporate greenwashing" and false energy solutions. Ewall explains how and why supplanting genuine renewable solutions (such as solar and wind), with "corporate green" energy (such as nuclear and Landfill Gas) is endangering public health and the environment. He also lays out some little-understood facts about the dirty politics of turning waste into "clean energy," and talks about how, thanks to intense industry lobbying, dirty energy sources, such as Landfill Gas to Energy (LFGTE), now qualify for clean energy subsidies.

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Jun 21st, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:57 pm

Solar Times editor Sandy LeonVest talks with activist and organizer Adrienne Esposito about hydraulic fracturing (aka "hydrofracking"). Esposito, who serves as Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, talks about the fossil fuel industry's current and past lobbying efforts on behalf of this environmentally destructive, water-contaminating and health-destroying method of extracting natural gas and/or oil from deep underground. They also talk about the role of Halliburton and vice-president Dick Cheney in forming the "Energy Task Force," which managed to get hydrofracking exempted from federal environmental regulations, under the George W. Bush administration, and how the administration purposefully tampered with environmental science to shield hydraulic fracturing from the regulatory process.

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Jun 7th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:02 am

Solar Times editor Sandy Leon Vest (www.solartimes.org) talks to Adam Scow, Campaigns Director for the California division of Food & Water Watch (www.foodandwaterwatch.org), where he and his colleagues work to ensure that food and water consumed by the public are safe, accessible and sustainably produced. Adam Scow talks about the problem of food accessibility, and the drastic cuts to food programs for needy Americans currently working their way through Congress. He also addresses corporate lobbying by Big Agricultural interests and FWW's efforts to fight for the common good. At the bottom of the hour, Roots Action director Aimee Allison (www.rootsaction.org) talks about the Healthcare NOT Warfare campaign currently being waged by progressives.

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