Monthly Archives: October 2008

Joe Romm Compares Presidential Platforms on Environment and Energy

Joe Romm

We reported last week that Barack Obama will regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act if elected. Not so for John McCain. Today writer and scientist Joseph Romm wrote on his blog Climate Progess, that a McCain-Palin administration would use a voluntary or incentive-based approach, one that “has never worked in any country to restrain emissions growth.” Today, we talk to Joe Romm about how Barack Obama and John McCain differ on their approaches to the climate crisis and alternative energy. Romm is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he maintains its blog, Climate Progress. It was named one of the top 15 green websites by Time Magazine. Romm is also the author of the 2006 book Hell and High Water: Global Warming–the Solution and the Politics–and What We Should Do. He was Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration.

Joe Romm

Climate Progress blog

Hell and High Water

CWR Headlines:

BPA is OK — According to a Chemical-Friendly FDA
Scientists Blast FDA report on BPA Safety
Phthalate-Laden Toys Flooding the Market
The Other Debt Crisis — How we’re Overspending Our Ecological Budget

Hazel Henderson on the Post-Wall Street Shift from a Global Casino to a Sustainable Economy

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You could see the global market meltdown coming a mile away, according to futurist Hazel Henderson of Ethical Markets. She’s been identifying fatal flaws in the global economy, and sustainable alternatives, for three decades. Her most recent commentary on CSRwire critiques the “fractional reserve banking system,” which allows banks to lend 10 times the amount of money they actually have in reserves. In other words, money for nothing. Today, CWR co-hosts Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon speak with Henderson about using the financial crisis as an opportunity to shift to a more sustainable economy.

Hazel Henderson

Ethical Markets

Hazel Henderson Commentary: “And We All Thought That Banks Had Money!”

Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators

American Monetary Institute

CWR Headlines:

Media Gang Up on Prospects for a Green Economy
New Report Says Political Will for Dealing with Climate Change Will Grow
Obama Promises to Classify CO2 as a Pollutant if Elected

Mark Fulton

Listen to the extended interview with Mark Fulton, Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research for Deutsche Asset Management

Lester Brown’s Plan B 3.0 for Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Lester Brown

Plan A — the business-as-usual, free-market, capitalist economy — is clearly breaking down, causing meltdowns of global markets AND polar icecaps. Time for Plan B. That’s the title of the book by Earth Policy Institute Founding President Lester Brown, published five years ago. In it, he proposes an alternative economic model for “Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble,” according to the subtitle. An updated version 2.0 came out two years ago, and earlier this year, Brown unveiled Plan B 3.0, this time subtitled “Mobilizing to Save Civilization.”

Plan B 3.0

Lester Brown

Earth Policy Institute

Worldwatch Institute State of the World reports, which include a chapter on “Investing for Sustainability” by CWR co-host Bill Baue.

CWR Headlines:

The Global Financial Blues Could Be Good for Going Greenor Not
A Carbon Tax Would Cut Emissions Better Than Cap-and-Trade
Shade-Grown Coffee Could Soften the Blow of Climate Change

Envisioning the Future of Sustainability

Glen Hiemstra

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Yogi Berra said that. He also said, the future ain’t what it used to be. For Glen Hiemstra, the future holds the key to current planning. The founder of the website futurist.com, Hiemstra consults for businesses and governments on how to take the long view on trends. In his book, Turning the Future into Revenue, he argues that the planning horizon should stretch out for several decades in order to meet the sustainability challenges we face right now.

Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra

CWR Headlines:

Google Unveils Clean Energy Plan
Starbucks Accused of Wasting Water, Explores Alternatives
Palin Stretches the Truth on Darfur Divestment