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Fossil Fuel 3-Pack

Program #LARR001-BRUM001-STES002.

3 CDs

Rob Larson - Fossil Fuelishness

Historian Barbara Tuchman once wrote the “rejection of reason is the prime characteristic of folly.” The lack of urgency in addressing the eco-crisis is an example. Heat waves in India, floods in Texas, drought in California, melting polar ice caps, rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere and so much more, are still presented as unconnected dots. Climate summits come and go resulting in little more than lofty announcements. With an abundance of solar and wind energy at our fingertips it’s stunning and reckless that fossil fuelishness continues. As a sign said in Seattle protesting a huge Shell rig heading for drilling in the Arctic, “Good Planets are Hard to Find.”

Michael Brune - Clean Energy Victories

Many people see the crisis posed by climate change clearly but governments, largely influenced by money coming from coal, oil and natural gas corporations, do not act. Huge demonstrations from New York to more than 150 cities all over the world indicate that people want action on climate change now. Germany is leading the way with solar technology. Prices are coming way down. China is investing more in renewable energy than the U.S. And in an extraordinary development, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is divesting from fossil fuel companies. The historical significance can’t be missed. It was John D. Rockefeller who, a century ago, began Standard Oil, the precursor of Exxon Mobil. In addition to the Rockefeller move more than 800 big investors have pledged to withdraw $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. It’s a symbolic and substantive victory.

Sandra Steingraber - Contamination Without Consent

When faced with injustice what options are open to people? Turn away and ignore it or confront it? The destruction of the environment is an injustice. We are turning parts of the Earth into a toxic waste dump. What comforts are we willing to give up to protect Mother Nature? Will we make real sacrifices or simply kick the ball down the road and be content with placebos like shopping differently? The planet is facing a medical emergency. In response, activists are sitting in, chaining themselves to fences and blocking roads. Some, like Sandra Steingraber go to jail in upstate New York in protest of fracking. "My small, non-violent act" she says, "is set against a larger, more violent one: the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air and thereby into our bodies. This is a form of toxic trespass."

 

Speaker(s):

Rob Larson

Rob Larson is Professor of Economics at Tacoma Community College in Washington State, focusing on ecological economics and the relationship between capitalism and freedom. His book Bleakonomics was published in 2011 by Pluto Press, and his Twitter handle is @IronicProfessor.

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