Oregon is known for its focus on alternative energy but what many people don’t realize, even those who live in oregon, is that virtually all the electricity supplied to the people of Portland is generated at the Boardman coal fired power plant. KBOO’s Crystal Alinsky brings us more on the issue from a protest held today at Pioneer Square.
This weekend, Climate Activists with the Three Fifty Campaign will join together across the United States to rally for real solutions to global warming and voice their support of clean energy solutions. The Three Fifty Oregon Movement and Rising Tide will be holding several events within the state and, locally, in the Portland area. KBOO’s Kurt Lauer has more on the story…
Coal mining has begun on a West Virginia mountain that activists have termed the nation’s ‘most endangered mountain’. Coal River Mountain is the tallest peak in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. But it will quickly become one of the smallest, if the mountaintop removal mining that began this weekend is allowed to continue. Local mountain activists hired experts to measure the site’s potential for wind power. They found that it has tremendous potential to provide a wind power source for the region – but that potential will be destroyed if the mountaintop is blasted away for coal mining. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Lenny Cohn of Appalachian Voices about the fight to save Coal River Mountain:
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Scientists now say there is substantial evidence that environmental conditions and environmental pollutants—among them synthetic chemicals used in consumer products—have a profound effect on human health. On this program Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Portland environmental journalist (and neighbor) Liz Grossman, author of a new book, Chasing Molecules, about the potential for green chemistry to revolutionize the materials we make, how they're used, and the benefits to our health and the environment.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with US military action in Afghanistan, the challenge to corporate-industrial society from climate change, and with putting people to death for crimes they did not commit. We hear haunting and apocalyptic music by Laibach from Slovenia.
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Environmental writer and activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement and its limits. For stronger measures than will emerge from the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference, go here, here, and here.
In the late 1970s, an imaginary line was drawn around the Portland area. Inside the line, urban development could flourish. Outside that line the farms and forestland that characterize western Oregon would remain intact. This line, called the urban growth boundary, has saved much of the natural landscape that surrounds the city. But in the thirty years since the UGB was first drawn, it has expanded more than once. Now a lot of people in the region are saying it doesn't need to grow anymore.