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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May 21st, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:17 pm
On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest looks at the dimensions of our current environmental crisis, the importance of resistance and rebellion in such dire times and whether the "clean energy revolution" is working as advertised to mitigate runaway climate change.
Along with Sandy's commentary, the show features audio clips from an array of radical thinkers, including author, speaker and professor emeritus Dr. Guy MacPherson, who gave up his esteemed position as a tenured professor at the University of Arizona to live off the grid; journalist and author extraordinaire Chris Hedges; and green energy researcher Ozzie Zehner, author of the provocative new book, "Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism."
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May 14th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:06 pm

On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy Leon Vest is joined by Dr. Sean Sweeney of the Global Labor Institute to discuss the push for Energy Democracy, the Energy Democracy Initiative and the burgeoning global movement for the democratization of vital resources, including food, water and energy.

Dr. Sweeney talks about what his organization and others -- trade unionists, academics and climate justice activists -- are doing to build international alliances between workers, activists and movement leaders of all stripes in order to make a successful -- and economically just -- transition to a 21st century economy.

They also discuss the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy initiative, launched last October (2012) in New York City at the Energy Emergency, Energy Transition roundtable. The purpose of the roundtable was to articulate trade union responses to the unimpeded rise in the use of fossil fuels, which is leading to ‘carbon lock in’ and out-of-control greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale. Other items included the growing political influence of oil, coal and gas companies, as well as formulating alternatives to the current market-based approaches to energy transition.

To learn more about the Energy Democracy Initiative, please visit www.energydemocracyinitiative.org. To learn about the  "Energy Emergency, Energy Transition" roundtable, and how trade unions are responding to the growing political influence of Big Energy -- coal, oil and gas companies -- in the context of the ongoing climate crisis, please visit http://energydemocracyinitiative.org/2012-roundtable/.
*And learn much more about Energy Democracy at www.solartimes.org
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May 7th, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 5:00 pm
Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest is joined by Greenpeace USA's Deputy Campaign Director Dan Howells to take a critical look at the current Arctic drilling craze, and Shell Oil's recent decision to halt its exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. They also discuss Shell's current efforts to criminalize dissent -- and its use of the US judicial system to do it. The case against Greenpeace is being heard right now in California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The question before the court is whether Shell has the right to preemptively shut down protests that the company deems would threaten its operations. In filing this injunction, Shell is attempting to deprive activists of their first amendment rights by preventing Greenpeace from protesting Shell's drilling in the Alaskan Arctic.
Sandy and Dan look at the ways in which a decision by the court in Shell's favor would take yet another sledgehammer to what remains of our increasingly frail democracy, and they discuss the chilling effect such a ruling would have on free speech and first amendment rights -- which would be felt by activists of every stripe, all across the country. Dan Howells stresses that such a ruling would render it nearly impossible to prevent other corporations from taking the same preemptive action against anyone they view as a "threat" to their activities -- for as long as that activity occurred.
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