What is the "real economy?" And who lives there?
As President Obama and Republicans prepare to strike a "Not-So-Grand Bargain," SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to labor economist Sylvia Allegretto about Washington's current game of chicken, the fake "debt ceiling crisis," and the real crisis unfolding on Main Street.
Sylvia Allegretto has been a labor economist with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley, since 2007. She co-authored two editions of "The State of Working America," a book Robert Reich has called America's "most trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today's economy."
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.
SolarTimes editor (www.solartimes.org) Sandy LeonVest in conversation with energy researcher John Farrell, of the Institute for Local Self Reliance. They discuss "energy democracy" and John Farrell's recently published report, "Democratizing the Electricity System." They also discuss the ways in which today's political climate has influenced -- and undermined -- President Obama's "clean energy economy," and why terms like "climate change," "green jobs" and "renewable energy" have all but disappeared from the presidential vernacular. John Farrell addresses both the challenges and the importance of local ownership and generation (of clean energy) in the face of corporate domination.