Listen to Planet Philadelphia host Kay Wood’s interview with Jacqueline Patterson, the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Ms Patterson tells us about environmental justice and the heavier burden placed on people of color by toxic facilities and other pollution based health risks. Also on this Planet Philadelphia we get an update from the courts. Nate Bellinger, Staff Attorney and State Program Manager of Our Children's Trust law suit, discusses the government’s breach of trust with climate change. Lots more interesting environmental news, as well.
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Podcast: Fossil Fuels and Your Health: Physicians for Social Responsibility Report, Planet Philadelphia G-Town Radio 3/3/17
Switching to renewable energy can do many wonderful things for our lives. One of the most beneficial is saving ourselves from the truly alarming impacts of fossil fuels on infant mortality and the myriad health impacts through out our lives. Listen to Kay Wood’s interview with Barbara Gottlieb of Physicians for Social Responsibility on how fossil fuel pollution is causing huge numbers of people right now right here in Pennsylvania to suffer severe health consequences and what can be done to change to a brighter healthier future. Also on this Planet Philadelphia – Pennsylvanians react to Senator Casey’s and Senator Toomey’s votes on Scott Pruit as the new head of the EPA.
Please also tune back in to G-Town Radio http://www.gtownradio.com for the more in this continuing radio show exploring our world. Upcoming guests scheduled include; Linda Black Elk on DALP, Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, on environmental justice, and an update on children’s law suit over climate change that has gained surprising headway in the courts from Nate Bellinger, Staff Attorney, State Program Manager, Our Children's Trust, and more.
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Listen to the podcast here of the great Planet Philadelphia environmental radio show that streamed live on Gtown Radio 2/3/17:
Our environment shapes us all from the first moment of our existence to our last. Pennsylvania State Representative Donna Bullock will explain why she believes this simple truth has a harsher impact on people of color and those with lower incomes here in Philadelphia and across the globe. Listen to her powerful interview with Kay Wood, the host of Planet Philadelphia, on wonderful G-Town Radio, http://www.gtownradio.com. Also Rebekah Driscoll talks about why she composed her choral piece for four treble voices “Climate Honesty” after she had heard about U.S. Senator James Inhofe bringing in a snowball to the US Senate in an attempt to deny the existence of climate change.
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Why do oil & gas companies and electric utilities try to slow down the adoption of green technologies? - Michael Silverstein
Why do oil & gas companies and electric utilities try to slow down the adoption of green technologies? – Michael Silverstein
I’m always surprised that so many oil & gas companies and electric utilities try to slow down the adoption of green technologies. Why fight the inevitable? Why not position yourself to profit from it instead?
I’ve now concluded that the big problem here is a robotic adherence to company business models. Oil companies, though, were not always adverse to expanding (not replacing) these business models.
Take the case of Standard Oil Of New Jersey (now Exxon). At the turn of the last century it was drilling and refining oil into gasoline. But this gasoline was generally sold at pumps outside general merchandise stores. Then in 1908 it opened the country’s first gas station whose main business was selling gasoline. And ever since then most gas stations around the world have been owned by oil companies.
So why not learn from this example? Why should oil & gas companies not get into a green technology as a profitable sideline?
Take frackers for example. They drill holes in the ground to reach natural gas deposits. And when you go down as little as a few feet you begin to encounter the never changing and uniform heat of the earth. Why not collect his heat and use it to power electrical generators? You could then start selling electricity as a sideline to your basic business model. A la Standard Oil of New Jersey in 1908.
In states around the country electric utilities are trying to prevent use of solar panels because in the companies’ present business model these panels are competitors. But they need not be seen that way.
Just get into the solar panel business as a sideline. As very large companies, you can get a great deal on big purchases. You also have a lot built in customers — your present grid customers. You don’t have to change your basic business model. Just expanded it.
Good corporate management evolves with the times. Oil & gas drillers and electric utilities need to see opportunities and tie into them. For their shareholders. For the country. For the natural environment on which everyone depends.
Michael Silverstein, is a former senior editor with Bloomberg News and currently contributes to the Planet Philadelphia radio show.
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