Much of the U-S is currently being hit with extremely cold weather in what’s been termed a ‘polar inversion’. While meteorologists are careful to point out that no single weather event can be linked to climate change, multiple studies have shown a possible link between the melting of arctic ice and the cold weather events along the jet stream.
Professor Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University is the co-author of one of those studies. She spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg about her study of the impact of arctic ice melt on the jet stream.
A federal judge in Washington has decided to allow a legal challenge to coal transport by railroad. The lawsuit argues that the coal trains violate the clean water act because of the amount of coal dust that ends up in lakes and rivers. A coalition of environmental groups came together to file the lawsuit against the railroad company B-N-S-F, owned by multi-billionaire Warren Buffet.
Jenka Soderberg interviewed Krista Collard from the Sierra Club about the lawsuit.
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole full of ideas that rock the dominant paradigm: climate insurgency, decentralized and democratic energy, a critique of femmephobia, and the end of work and capitalism.
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, use the play button. For individual segments, follow these links: 54:23 minutes (31.12 MB)
Since mere protest has not led to real action on climate change, a growing movement for stronger measures calls for civil disobedience. Tom Becker reads from Jeremy Brecher's piece "Climate Protection: The New Insurgency" published in Foreign Policy in Focus. (Photo: Ben Schumin / Flickr) 6:23 minutes (3.66 MB)
How could the production and distribution of energy be cleaner and more subject to local control? Energy expert Al Weinrub talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how locally and cleanly produced electricity, not requiring fossil fuels, could engage local communities in decisions about where their electricity comes from. Weinrub is the author of Community Power, is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is currently the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs. More about his book here. 20:36 minutes (11.79 MB)