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Economic Update – Worker Coops as our Economic Future – 05.28.17

Updates on Trump’s 2018 budget, Ford’s undemocratic decisions, US opioid epidemic, Swiss vote to end nuclear power, Harley-Davidson moving jobs overseas, Canada outlaws overbooking seats on planes. Interview John Curl, author and coop worker, on importance of worker coops. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 04.06.17

THE DEMISE OF US ATOMIC POWER comes to Solartopia.

We talk with PAT MARIDA of Ohio Sierra’s nuclear committee, LINDA PENCE GUNTER of Beyond Nuclear, and TOM CLEMENTS, the great southeastern stalwart of the movement to bury nuclear energy.

We begin with the proposed bailout of Ohio’s failing nukes. We talk of the bankruptcy of the once-mighty WESTINGHOUSE. We assess the failures of reqctor construction throughout the world, as well as the impossibility of radioactive waste management and the oxymoron of reactor safety.

We finish with consensus on the coming of renewable energy.

But in the meantime, these three great expert/activists give us a unique and powerful critique of exactly what has happened to this most expensive and dangerous of all technologic, now hopefully about to be buried.

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LINDA PENTZ GUNTER – Nuclear Fiddling While the Planet Burns

There is a climate crisis upon us. Polar ice is melting. Sea level rise is happening. Time is running out. Emergency solutions are the only option — energy supplies that can come on fast and sustainably. Sadly, some in the U.S. Congress would rather bury their heads in radioactive quicksand, sinking our money into nuclear energy research at national laboratories …

Lorraine Chow – Dutch Trains Are World’s First to Run on 100% Wind Power

The Netherlands, aka Windmill Country, is now operating 100 percent of its electric trains with wind energy. As of Jan. 1, 600,000 daily train passengers have been traveling completely carbon neutral, according to an announcement from the Netherlands’ principal passenger railway operator, NS. Dutch electric trains are running on 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of wind energy supplied by sustainable energy supplier, …

Sheep graze in a dry field near the town of McFarland in California's Central Valley, August 24, 2016.
The Central Valley is the states agriculture hub producing vast quanities of fruits, vegetables, nuts as well as dairy, beef and lamb but has been struggle through five years of drought. / AFP / Robyn BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

GEORGINA GUSTIN – 2017: Agriculture Begins to Tackle Its Role in Climate Change

By allowing countries to decide how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the landmark Paris climate agreement opened the door to new solutions. And over the past year, many countries, particularly in the developing world, decided that an especially effective way to reach those targets is through their farms. Nearly 80 percent of the countries said they would use agricultural practices …

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Nika Knight – China Leaves U.S. in Dust With $361 Billion Renewable Energy Investment

While climate activists in the U.S. mount a resistance to the incoming climate-change-denying Trump administration, on the other side of the Pacific, environmentalists have reason to celebrate: China on Thursday announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020. Reuters reports: The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said …

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Ruth Milka – 2016: The year solar panels became cheaper than fossil fuels

It’s finally happened. The renewable energy future has arrived. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas, or other options. Solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries. According to Michael Drexler, head of development investing at …

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Gary Cook – Google Announces Plans to Run Entirely on Renewable Energy

Google has been a catalyst in the dramatic growth in renewable energy procurement among corporations, redefining the art of the possible by bringing significant renewable energy projects onto the same grid its data centers are powered from. Google’s milestone of 2.6 GW of renewable energy purchased puts it well above what most corporations have done to drive renewable growth. Read …