Thursday, March 27, 2008

Peak Oil = Transporation Revolution

First a quick review of planet-shaking news.

Then, the book launch of "Transportation Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil" Authors Richard Gilbert & Anthony Perl. I recorded that on March 18th, in Vancouver, Canada.

You get the speech by Richard Gilbert, plus some of the Q and A.

Both the talk and the book are loaded with real facts and figures on future transpo, and how to get there, sustainably.
Finally, some answers.

Are you ready to see U.S. airports shrink from 300 to 30, as the oil runs out? We learn why electric cars will dominate the road. Electric railroads.

Richard Gilbert, an energy expert from Toronto Canada, opens with a speech explaining (a) the inevitability of Peak Oil and (b) what we can do about it - if we start now.

Anthony Perl, a professor at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada - says we don't need any more road construction. Now that we know about Peak Oil, and ever-increasing oil prices, governments should "hit the pause button" on new highway construction, and airport expansions. We won't need them!

A great book for students, activists, bloggers, and citizens trying to contain the old-school enthusiasm for building new oil-based infrastructure.

As the economy deteriorates, you can bet governments will turn to new roadbuilding, bridges, and all the stuff that worked in the LAST depression. That's my opinion. This book shows why that is nuts, and gives us the graphs, facts, and figures to call for a future transportation system that actually works.

I like the emphasis on conservation and renewables, instead of promoting nuclear as an answer. Good. But I wish the authors had a little more push on climate change, as a reason to use these same solutions. I ask that question, during the Q and A that followed.

This book is expensive. It is loaded with references, and all the gear that lets people answer to government experts, and industry lobby people. If you want to get active in any serious way, this is a reference book that is well worth it. I predict people will use it for years. And yet the text isn't heavy going - it's clear and well written - an unexpected bonus these days, when it comes to authoritative books on any technical subject. Anybody can read it, and should.

Ecoshock show 080328 1 hour
CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB.

The web site for the book is here.

Production Notes: no copyrighted music. No need to add station ID - the end minute contains ID's for all Ecoshock syndicated stations. If you need more time, cut that, do as thou wilt.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wall Street & Climate Crash

Will we have money to create the new energy economy?

A Wall Street insider from
Climateer Investing talks trades, carbon emissions, and the climate bubble.

Plus a feature on
Warren Buffet's carbon footprint. Why is the world's richest man - the Invisible Man when it comes to climate change. Warren talks Peak Oil, while his energy companies spread the gamut from wind to coal. Meanwhile, as the world's largest insurance company, Birkshire Hathaway is wildly exposed to climate change charges. Why is Buffet's empire among the last to acknowledge human-induced climate change?

We close with an interview with
Rainforest Action Network's campaign rep, Matt Leonard, against Wall St. coal financiers.

Latest news and blues from The Street. Ecoshock 080321 1 hour
CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB

Production notes: loaded with news clips, from now and from 1929. Some entertaining media mixes, with reactions, etc. No station ID break. Remove first 15 seconds, and last 19 seconds to create a 30 sec break. Insert point 28:43.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Dirty Coal, Dirty Politics, Wasted World

Dirty coal news: coal cancellations in U.S., new plants for UK, new Canada carbon laws.

and Obama on climate.

US Scientist
Ken Caldeira on the coming extinctions.

Radical greens
Derrick Jensen & Joel Kovel: how to comprehend the climate flip.

Fun show with news on storms, set to new album from activist band Manu Chao. Ecoshock show 080314 1 hour
CD Quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB.

Production Notes: 1 minute music break for station ID at 31:20 (song "Power from Above" by Dan Bergrren); clips from Streetlight Manifesto, CBS News, BBC News, CBC news, all other music from Manu Chao. Caldeira clips from "Zero Emissions" on 3CR, Melbourne Australia.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

20 Years of Climate Failure

The time for "learning" & wishful thinking is over, says Prof Mark Jaccard, author of "Sustainable Fossil Fuels," and "Hot Air".

As a social scientist, Jaccard says governments need compulsory greenhouse laws, that work, to avoid catastrophe. Moving, common-sense speech from top energy policy modeler, and adviser to governments & industry.

Recorded 080304 Vancouver, 1 hour

CD quality 56 MB or Lo-Fi 14 MB

Production Notes: 30 second music bed for station ID at 30 min; show music "Goddess of the Earth" reggae by Sylvanus (Canadian content); cut end music as needed for more time.