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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Sep 25th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Repeat Program - April 10th, 2012

Guest: Retired Army Captain and  veteran Paul Chappell

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Sep 18th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Energy Democracy and Community-Owned Power -- An Unpaved Road with an Uncertain Future
Guest: Actuary, energy analyst and economist GailTverberg

"Energy Democracy" may be a concept whose time has come -- and it's certainly a bold vision for a livable future. But as our idealistic host Sandy LeonVest finds out from tonight's guest, the road to energy democracy is sure to be a rough one -- and there will be lots of pot holes along the way. Tonight SLV is is joined by energy analyst, actuary and economist Gail Tverberg to discuss the folly of infinite growth in a world of finite -- and rapidly shrinking -- resources. A concept whose time has come, the idea of a post-growth economy remains shrouded in suspicion and is dismissed with great disdain by the status quo and corporate classes, who fea

r that such an approach to REAL sustainability would end their world, as they have come to know it. And that fear is justified. But, while Ms.Tverberg comes at the issue of endless growth from the perspective of an economic and political "agnostic" (and essentially reaches many of the same conclusions about the "localization imperative" as those who advocate for local generation/energy democracy), she's not nearly as optimistic about the future of localized energy generation as her host.
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Sep 11th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm

11 years later, the events of September 11th, 2001, continue to shape the world today.

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Sep 4th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm

Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest is joined by retired CAL OSHA Senior Public Health Official Dr. Larry Rose. A physician by profession, Dr. Rose, also serves as an Occupational Environmental Medicine Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Having recently joined the burgeoning national movement for energy democracy, Dr. Rose is in the process of organizing a major grassroots effort in Marin County, California to get dirty energy -- and the fossil fuel industry -- out of California's first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), known as Marin Energy Authority (MEA) or Marin Clean Energy (MCE).

Along with other CCA-related issues, SLV and Dr. Rose discuss why California's first CCA is so important to the nation's "clean energy future;" how CCA is being subverted by Big Energy interests; how California's first CCA in Marin County, (MEA) -- with the help of its public relations arm (MCE)-- managed to package and sell its corporate-controlled model to Marin residents and local environmental groups as "clean, local and non-corporate;" how the concept of "energy democracy" is being jeopardized and co-opted by the corporate-controlled version of CCA. They also discuss how Shell Oil, Con Edison and other fossil fuel interests embedded themselves in CCA -- aided and abetted by the Marin-based LEAN EnergyUS, an organization dedicated to taking the corporate-owned model of CCA national.
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