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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Aug 30th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to environmental policy director for the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL), Matt Pacenza, about issues surrounding proposed new nuclear reactors in Emery County, Utah. They discuss the water consumption, economics and health and environmental implications of building these new reactors just west of Green River, Utah.

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Aug 23rd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks with Mother Jones' energy & environmental reporter Kate Sheppard about so-called "climate deniers," the Keystone XL pipeline demonstration in Washington, the "jobs vs environment" myth, environmental politics and other climate and energy-related issues.

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Aug 16th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guest host Karyn Strickler, of Climate Challenge Media, exposes the dirty secrets of the nuclear power industry with guests Lynne Bernabei and Ann Harris. Lynne has practiced civil rights and employment discrimination law at Bernabei & Wachtel in Washington, DC for over 30 years. She represents nuclear and other industry whistleblowers.

Ann is a 71 year old, great grandmother, nuclear whistleblower and safety advocate who won or settled 6 of her own cases and served as a resource for hundreds of whistleblowers at the Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as nuclear workers around the country. She worked as a technical and human resources professional at TVA and was fired after she reported systematic and serious documentation problems at the TVA plants. She lives outside Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Aug 9th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) in conversation with renewable energy industry analyst, author and advocate, Paul Gipe. They address the critical need for German-style feed-in tariffs -- what he calls "Advanced Renewable Tariffs" (or ARTS) -- in the US, in order to deploy the massive amounts of renewable energy needed in the US to avoid economic, humanitarian and environmental catastrophe. They also talk about the importance of local ownership of renewable energy, the grassroots movement for "energy democracy" and "defeatism," in the face of corporate misinformation..

Paul Gipe has written countless articles on renewable energy for a worldwide audience, and is the author of at least seven books on the subject. His most recent, Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- and Community-scale Wind Energy Systems has been acclaimed by his peers as “groundbreaking, and is available from Chelsea Green Publishing.

In 2004, Paul Gipe launched a campaign to bring electricity feed laws back to North America. The campaign has grown into a continent-wide grassroots movement that has put renewable energy feed-in tariffs on the political agenda – both in Canada and the US.

Today, Paul Gipe numbers among the world’s foremost experts on renewable energy, wind power and his latest passion -- feed-in tariffs. His passion for renewable energy is unsurpassed. Learn more about Paul at http://www.wind-works.org/

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Aug 2nd, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Guest host Karyn Strickler, of Climate Challenge Media, talks with Flora Bernard and Jacob Hanson of peacefuluprising.org about Tim DeChristopher's historic act of civil disobedience, the consequences of his actions, the consequences of inaction on climate change and how you can get involved.

Upon sentencing for interrupting an oil and gas auction on public lands, in his statement entitled “I Don’t Want Mercy, I Want you to Join Me,” DeChristopher said, "This is not going away. At this point of unimaginable [climate] threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like. In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like. With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow. The choice you are making today is what side are you on."

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