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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 02.18.16

THE WAR AGAINST SOLAR POWER comes to Solartopia today with three great expert/activists.

Pulitzer-nominee JACQUES LESLIE opens with his powerful NYTimes article on Nevada’s attempt to crush the massive, successful spread of rooftop panels. Jacques’ unique, distinguished journalistic career has spanned the field from Vietnam to a marquee book on big dams and much more.

Long-time nuclear opponent JUDY TREICHEL reports to us from Nevada on the Public Utilities Commission decision to assault homeowners like herself who have installed highly productive solar panels. The corrupt state government is now waging war to protect the fossil/nuke investments of the Koch Brothers against the clean, cheap, job-producing power of the sun.

By contrast, activist PAUL KANGAS joins us to talk about the California Public Utilities Commission decision to guarantee a 15 cent/kilowatt-hour payment to homeowners pumping juice into the grid from their own solar panels. The city of Berkeley has now resolved to shut the Diablo Canyon nuke, upping the ante on the race between renewables and the likelihood of a catastrophic explosion at the state’s last reactors.

All-in-all, this is a program sure to make the sun shine in your heart…and on your roof.

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Will Ohio Gov. Kasich’s Anti-Green Resume Kill His Presidential Hopes? – Harvey Wasserman

The latest politician to leap toward the GOP nomination is widely known as America’s most anti-green governor. But he has a critical decision coming up that could help change that.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has established a national reputation as a leading enemy of renewable energy and enhanced energy efficiency.

When he took office in 2011, he opened fire by killing a $400 million federal grant to restore passenger rail service between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Columbus is the largest capital city in the western world that people cannot get to by train. It also has no internal commuter rail, making it what some have called “the mid-sized town technology forgot.”

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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – WHY HILLARY CAN’T WIN – 07.14.15

World-renowned election protection expert BOB FITRAKIS joins us in Solartopia to analyze the history of election theft in the US and to explain why Hillary cannot get elected in 2016.

The reason is simple: the electronic voting machines are rigged.

This first of two shows outlines the rise of electronic voting and its intimate links to the Bush family, dating back to the 1988 election which Bush One stole first from Bob Dole, then from Mike Dukakis.

We track the progress of electronic voting machines through the thefts of 2000 and 2004.

If you believe in democracy and your blood doesn’t boil while listening to this, check your pulse.

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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 06.10.15

PAUL KRASSNER, America’s pioneer investigative satirist, takes us partway through his astonishing career.

We begin with a violin concerto alone on the stage of Carnegie Hall at age 6. Paul spins us through how he scratched an itchy leg with his other foot, drawing the laughs that would define his career.

We meet him at MAD Magazine and carry through the founding of The Realist, American’s first adult satirical periodical.

We meet Lennie Bruce, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie and Anita Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and a host of those who’ve shaped our nation.

We also take an LSD trip on the witness stand of the Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial, and much more.

At 83, Paul is a national treasure. Be sure to hear the beginnings of his amazing story, which we will continue at a later date….

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How Ohio’s Energy Economy Became a Radioactive 19th Century Relic – HARVEY WASSERMAN

Back in early 2010 Ohio stood at the cusp of a modern 21st century technological revolution. It had won a new federal-funded rail line to finally re-join Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Tesla electric sales networks were moving into the state, bringing full player status in the spread of the world’s most advanced automobiles. And we had adopted a forward-looking green …

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 03.10.15

We go from UNPLUG NUCLEAR POWER to OCCUPY and the DANDELION INSURRECTION!

For Fukushima Day, activist JOE DE MARE of Bowling Green, Ohio, lays out the terms of the annual 3/11 power down to commemorate the horrific disaster that still pollutes our precious Pacific (http://www.toledofreepress.com/tag/nuclear-energy/ ). Joe tells us how every year a multi-stage UNPLUG boycott of electric use emphasizes public opposition to corporate control of our energy supply. He explains that while the Bowling Green utility owns 6 of its own windmills, it’s also signed on to a devastating power purchase contract with a coal-burning utility that is undermining the community’s economy.

From RIVERA SUN we hear about solar energy and utility issues in the New Mexico town of Taos, where she and her partner live in a solar-heated home. Rivera is an OCCUPY ACTIVIST ( http://www.riverasun.com ) and radio host who’s written and community/self published three novels including BILLIONAIRE BUDDHIST and THE DANDELION INSURRECTION. With a beautiful voice and a gentle soul, Rivera tells us of her excursions into non-violence and of what too much money can do to people.

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 02.24.15

With guest MARK DOWIE, one of the great investigative reporters of our generation. Decades ago Mark broke the Ford Pinto story, and has followed it with literally scores of investigative pieces that have helped change the world.

Mark is now working on a fascinating book about the HAIDA GWAII, an astonishing First Nation living on about 150 islands in the great Canadian northwest. The Haida Gwaii have successfully protected their beautiful lands from extractive industries in a unique centuries-long campaign that Mark will explain in his next book, being published by Inkshares. Don’t miss this amazing discussion.