All About Money -- Friday, Nov 2 @ 9 am, with Tyson Slocum and Joe Nevins
THE NEW LOVE AFFAIR WITH FOSSIL FUELS --ON KZYX, FRIDAY, NOV 2 @ 9 AM
In an article that ran on October 10 and titled, "Both Romney and Obama Avoid Talk of Climate Change," the New York Times reported: “Throughout the campaign, Obama and Romney have seemed most intent on trying to outdo each other as lovers of coal, oil and natural gas -- the very fuels most responsible for rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."
On Friday morning at 9am, November 2, right here here on KZYX, our guests will be Tyson Slocum and Joe Nevins. Together we'll try to figure out the new love affair with fossil fuels. Why ignore global warming even as hurricanes pick up in frequency and intensity, and in range, too? We'll also try to figure out what real energy independence means for the U.S.
Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, Slocum said last week: "For the first time in 24 years, neither the presidential nor vice-presidential candidates were asked a question about climate disruption during the debates. And the candidates have failed to highlight the issue as well -- unless you count Governor Romney's use of climate change as a punchline to a joke in his convention speech. Some argue that the issue isn't high on voters' minds, but polls demonstrate otherwise. Rather, the hundreds of millions of dollars that the fossil fuel industry and their allies are spending saturating the airwaves with anti-regulation messages is likely the culprit. Obama's 'all of the above' strategy locks in fossil fuels as the status quo, forcing us farther behind on the sustainable era of renewable energy. There is no such thing as benign fossil fuel production and consumption, and the future of fossil fuels will only become more expensive."
Nevins teaches geography at Vassar College. He recently wrote the piece “Ecological Crisis and the Need to Challenge the 20 Percent," which states: “Although you would not know it from what passes for debate during the ongoing presidential campaign here in the United States, the biosphere is under siege. A historically high rate of ice melt in the Arctic, devastating floods from the Philippines to Nigeria, a record-setting decline in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and extreme levels of drought in much of the United States are just some of the recent manifestations.
“These worrisome signs highlight, among other things, the tragic failure of the international community to slash consumption of the Earth's resources via binding international mechanisms. While the reasons for this are numerous, a key one is the obstruction by some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful countries and their refusal to renounce the gospel of endless economic growth.
“But also central is a combination of refusal by and seeming inability of members of the planet's ecologically privileged class -- let's call them the 20 percent -- to see their very ways of life and their associated gargantuan levels of consumption as problems in need of radical redress."