We may use money to buy goods and services, but as John Poling, organizer with the Cascadia Hour Exchange, points out, money is not the only way, or even the best way to get what you want. He and others at the Cascadia Hour Exchange have formed a network where each person offers their skills, such as house painting, graphic design, child care, or even legal advice. Each one hour block of time given entitles members to exchange their services the skills and time of any other person in the network. Poling believes that relying on non-monetary exchange systems both strengthen local economies as well as create a deeper sense of community.
Bill Resnick talks with Algernon Alston of the Economic Policy Institute (epi.org) about what the recession means for people of color and those with limited incomes. They discuss policies that could lift the burden and the liklihood of their enactment. Alston's writings on these issues can be found at the EPI website.
Joe and Abe Talk Radio covered, in part, the Liquid Natural Gas Fiasco in Oregon. Several very knowlegable callers give some little-publicized facts about the LNG Terminals themselves and the LNG Pipelines the terminals will feed. Hear what some of the people that may be displaced by the pipeline have to say about it.
Kevin Smith and Tamra Gilbertson, leading critics of international climate change policy and researchers with www.carbontradewatch.org will tell us what's wrong with carbon credits, how they do nothing to fight global warming, and even exacerbate the problem.