Environment

Locus Focus

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Does it make sense to replace the current bridge across the Columbia with a 12 lane megabridge?

Consensus is growing that the future bridge across the Columbia River on I5 will be a 12 lane mega bridge. But many people in the community disagree and are raising their voices in concern that such a massive infrastructure will encourage the kind of car and oil dependent way of life that many in the Northwest profess to want to change. Guests Mara Gross with the Coalition for a Livable Future, Metro Councilor Robert Liberty and Joe Kurmaskie, who is helping organize a rally on April 5 to oppose the mega bridge proposal, will discuss Columbia River Crossing alternatives that will not encourage sprawl and increase our carbon footprint.

A grassroots coalition of Portlanders and Vancouverites opposed to the current scope and direction of the Columbia River Crossing project will host an Opposition and Alternatives Rally at Waterfront Park. The event is schedued for noon, Sunday, April 5th, on the lawn of Portland's Waterfront Park - just north of the Hawthorne bridge. Rally organizers call this the opening salvo in a sustained campaign to block funding for the project in its current form, and to offer alternatives that match the desires of a community to be fiscally responsible, address environmental challenges and tackle livability issues effecting the region.  

"This part of the world has made truly sustainable choices in the past, an urban growth boundary, investment in mass transit, bicycle infrastructure and the stoppage of the Mt Hood Freeway and Harbor Highway," rally organizer Joe Kurmaskie said. " Innovative decisions that have made us an attractive city to live in or visit. Putting up a four billion dollar, 12 lane mega-bridge will change all that, and not for the better.

"The project is based on models done before peak oil and the arrival of an economic crisis that's changing every aspect of people's lives, including their transportation choices. The CRC is 20th century thinking applied to a very different world today. The Coalition For A Livable Future has long said that we can not hope to build our way out of congestion. As proposed, this bridge promotes single occupancy vehicle use, invites unchecked sprawl to southern Washington and opens the door to widening I-5 through the heart of Portland."

The Waterfront Park rally will include speakers, calls to action, information booths, distribution of lawn signs and tangible steps citizens can take to oppose the project, as well as the announcement of teach ins by smarterbidge.org, and other organized events in the future. Speakers will include elected officials, transportation experts and community leaders explaining their opposition to the project while proposing alternatives.

So far, confirmed to speak are former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury (who give’s Al Gore’s climate change presentation all over the country), Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz (the only city council member who voted against moving forward on a 12-lane CRC bridge), and Metro Councilor Robert Liberty (who voted against the project in the past and has offered specific alternatives) and  Bicycle Transportation Alliance advocate and educator Michelle Poyourow.

Andrew Nikiforuk: Tar Sands - Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2009

Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of "Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent." Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Canada now produces more oil than Texas or Saudi Arabia. Canadian tar sand oil is dirtier and more environmentally destructive than conventional oil.   In his recent book Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Nikiforuk critiques the oil industry, oil-friendly bureaucrats, and petrol-guzzling North Americans for contributing to the problem.

27:54 minutes (19.17 MB)

Radiozine on 04/13/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Host Theresa Mitchell interviews renowned theorietical physicist Michio Kaku, cofounder of string field theory best selling author and national radio and TV host. Kaku explores the boundaries of the real world by asking, Could the impossibilities of today become the realities of the future?"

If You Love This Planet on 03/30/09

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

The guest is Jeff Cohen, media critic and founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College in the state of New York. He has been a TV commentator at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and was senior producer of Phil Donahue primetime show until it was terminated three weeks before the Iraq invasion - for political reasons.

In this interview with Dr Caldicott, Jeff describes the media environment at the beginning of the current Iraq conflict, and explains how independent journalists and bloggers has become major players in todays multimedia landscape.

Alternative Radio

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Arundhati Roy - Terrorism: No Easy Answers (interview)

Host David Barsamian speaks with Arundhati Roy, the celebrated author of "The God of Small Things" and winner of the prestigious Booker Prize. "The New York Times" calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence." Howard Zinn praises her "powerful commitment to social justice." She is the recipient of the Lannan Award for Cultural Freedom. Her latest books are "The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile," a collection of interviews with David Barsamian, and "An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire."

There are myriad types of terrorism. But the focus is highly selective. 200,000 Indian farmers killing themselves because of debt or 4,000 children dying everyday around the world because of no access to clean water are not considered. Nor are massacres of Muslims in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra or of Sikhs
in New Delhi.  Nor are the tens of thousands of Kashmiris killed by the Indian military. The attention and emphasis is overwhelmingly on car bombings, 9/11 and Mumbai type of attacks. Massive state terrorism is not up for discussion unless the state is a designated enemy of Washington's such as Iran and Syria. America and its allies
such as Israel and India get a free pass. Can you imagine Charlie Rose or Wolf Blitzer asking Kissinger or Rice or other apparatchiks of the empire about state terrorism? Maybe when pigs fly.

Karen Coulter of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project - An Activist Life

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Radiozine
program date: 
Wed, 03/25/2009

The guest is Karen Coulter of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, a group that has been successfully fighting for the preservation of forests and wildlife in eastern Oregon for nearly 20 years. She discusses their upcoming fundraiser and their work to spark widespread public discussion and initiatives addressing the need to re-establish citizen authority instead of transnational corporate rule and create real democracy to protect the integrity of ecosystems and communities for the future. Eva Lake hosts.

28:36 minutes (13.09 MB)

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

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Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of "Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent." Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Canada now produces more oil than Texas or Saudi Arabia. Canadian tar sand oil is dirtier and more environmentally destructive than conventional oil. 

In his recent book Tar Sands: Diry Oil and the Future of a Continent, Nikiforuk critiques the oil industry, oil-friendly bureaucrats, and petrol-guzzling North Americans for contributing to the problem. Nikiforuk will speak on Tuesday March 31st at 7-9 PM at the First Unitarian Church at SW 12th and Main. This is a KBOO co-sponsored event.

Community Calendar 3/28-29

program date: 
Fri, 03/27/2009
Community Calendar
Weekend of March 28-29, 2009
Produced by Natalie B.
 
Event Summary
 
The Better Living Show

Home, Garden, and Sustainable Lifestyle Show

March 27-29
Portland Expo Center

2060 North Marine Drive

Free admission

www.betterlivingshow.org

 

International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day

Performance Showcase & Art Exhibit

March 28-29

1-4 pm

Portland Expo Center

1:44 minutes (1.59 MB)

Radiozine on 03/26/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Thu, 03/26/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

The guest is Karen Coulter of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, a group that has been successfully fighting for the preservation of forests and wildlife in eastern Oregon for nearly 20 years. She discusses their upcoming fundraiser and their work to spark widespread public discussion and initiatives addressing the need to re-establish citizen authority instead of transnational corporate rule and create real democracy to protect the integrity of ecosystems and communities for the future. Eva Lake hosts.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Energy: Transforming Energy from a Commodity to a Renewable Community Resource

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program: 
Recovery Zone
program date: 
Tue, 03/24/2009

sunnyside energyThis month's featured guests are John Sorenson & Seth Truby, co-founders of  Sunnyside Neighborhood Energy(SunNE) .  Their aim is to build a local renewable energy system based at the Sunnyside Environmental school that would provide space heat and hot water for hundreds of nearby homes and small businesses.  Thermal energy districts have been created in towns and villages in Canada and Europe; if SunNE succee

30:39 minutes (21.05 MB)
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