Media Roots TV – Greg Palast & Vultures’ Picnic

MEDIA ROOTS — On November 14, 2011, Abby Martin of Media Roots interviewed award-winning journalist and best-selling author Greg Palast after his talk at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley.

Greg Palast, a freelance journalist for the BBC as well as British newspaper The Observer, discusses his newly published book Vultures’ Picnic, corporate collusion, the bought-and-paid-for-media establishment, the role of citizen journalism around the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and the value of organisations such as Project Censored.

MR

***

Abby Martin of Media Roots Interviews Greg Palast about Vultures’ Picnic

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Reply

John Rowe and Exelon’s Carbon Advantage

FORBES– On a cold December Chicago afternoon John Rowe stands at a window in his office, a dim, quiet, three-room suite lined with history books and sprinkled with objets d’art, including a stone horse from the Tang Dynasty and an Egyptian sarcophagus. From his 54th floor perch he is looking north to the high-rises of the Gold Coast below and the frigid waters of Lake Michigan shimmering with weak, fading winter light beyond. “You can’t sit up here in the afternoon and see the lights come on and not love this job,” he says.

Spoken like a true utility man. Rowe, 64, the longest-serving utility executive in the industry and chief executive of Exelon ( EXC – news – people ), the country’s most valuable utility by market value, is indeed in the catbird seat. While Exelon and the rest of the utility industry has been battered by a weak economy and suddenly low electricity demand and prices, Exelon has a lot to look forward to. Soon after Rowe created Exelon in 2000 with the merger of the Chicago utility Unicom (parent of Commonwealth Edison) and the Philadelphia utility Peco, he sold off most of the company’s coal plants and focused the company on nuclear. He created a generation subsidiary that sells the power produced by 17 reactors, by far the largest nuclear fleet in the nation and the third biggest in the world (after those of Electricité de France and Russia’s Energoatom).

The gas that billows out of those iconic nuclear plant cooling towers is water vapor. Exelon’s nukes turn out 130 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year and not a single metric ton of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas. That’s a nice place to be now that it appears that Washington–helped along by Rowe’s lobbying–is going to impose a price on carbon, either through a cap-and-trade bill that has passed the House of Representatives or through Environmental Protection Agency regulations. While its carbon-heavy competitors would have to raise prices, Exelon would benefit greatly. Under the House bill, estimates Bernstein Research’s Hugh Wynne, the present value of Exelon’s earnings stream would increase by $14 a share, or 28%.

Read more about Exelon’s Carbon Advantage

© 2011 Forbes

Photo by Flickr user Unanoslucror

Fukushima Coverage & Break Down of Radiation

Media Roots Radio- Fukushima Coverage & Break Down of Nuclear Energy by Media Roots

MEDIA ROOTS- Robbie and Abby Martin host a special 90 minute edition of Media Roots Radio covering Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster with guests Shing02 and Anthony Bisset. Shing02 and Anthony cover the state of the reactors and break down radiation: levels, dangers, breakdown of compounds, government cover ups and media disinformation, the science of nuclear energy and how one can prepare for a nuclear fallout or massive release.

Anthony Bisset is a composer and improviser working in all genres of electronic music who designs his own software and hardware for live use. Since 2007 he has been a part time resident and regular performer in Tokyo and has played shows from Hokkaido to the Southern islands. Having his extended family and friends in Tokyo threatened by nuclear fallout, Anthony has been heavily researching since the March 11th disaster. More about him at www.anthonybisset.com.

Shing02 is a rap activist, peace advocate, and inventor. Born in Tokyo 1975, Shing02 landed in the SF Bay Area at the age of 15. He became immersed in the local hip-hop scene that launched dozens of acts worldwide, and in ’96, Shing02’s music made its way back to Japan. He gained a lot of support from his homeland for partnering with Mr. Higo of Mary Joy Recordings. Shing02 has been involved on and off in anti-nuclear activism and research since 2006. More about him at www.e22.com.

The above timeline is interactive. Scroll through it to find out more about the show’s music and to resources mentioned during the broadcast. To see a larger version of the timeline with clickable resources go to the soundcloud link below the player.

If you would like to directly download the podcast click the down arrow icon on the right of the soundcloud display. To hide the comments to enable easier rewind and fast forward, click on the icon on the very bottom right.

This Media Roots podcast is the product of many long hours of hard work and love. If you want to encourage our voice, please consider supporting us as we continue to speak from outside party lines. If you donate, we want to thank you with your choice of art from AbbyMartin.org as well as music from RecordLabelRecords.org.  Much of the music you hear on our podcasts comes from Robbie’s imprint Record Label Records, and Abby’s art reflects the passion and perspective that lead her to create Media Roots.

$40 donation: One 8×10 art print and one RLR release (You choose! Tell us in the Paypal notes.)

$80 donation: Two 8×10 art prints and two RLR releases (You choose!)

$150 donation: Four 8×10 art prints and four RLR releases (You choose!)

Even the smallest donations are appreciated and help us with our operating costs.

Thanks so much for your support!

Listen to all previous Media Roots Radio broadcasts here.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Reply

Libya, Nuclear Power, Religious Environmentalism

Media Roots Radio- Libya, Nuclear Power, Religious Environmentalism by Media Roots

Robbie and Abby Martin host this edition of Media Roots Radio and cover news about the Libyan bombing, Obama’s newest White House pick, nuclear energy, peak resources, religious environmentalism and the political hijacking of the “green” movement.

The above timeline is interactive. Scroll through it to find out more about the show’s music and to resources mentioned during the broadcast. To see a larger version of the timeline with clickable resources go to the soundcloud link below the player.

If you would like to directly download the podcast click the down arrow icon on the right of the soundcloud display. To hide the comments to enable easier rewind and fast forward, click on the icon on the very bottom right.

This Media Roots podcast is the product of many long hours of hard work and love. If you want to encourage our voice, please consider supporting us as we continue to speak from outside party lines. If you donate, we want to thank you with your choice of art from AbbyMartin.org as well as music from RecordLabelRecords.org/store.html. Much of the music you hear on our podcasts comes from Robbie’s imprint Record Label Records, and Abby’s art reflects the passion and perspective that lead her to create Media Roots.

$40 donation: One 8×10 art print and one RLR release (You choose! Tell us in the Paypal notes.)

$80 donation: Two 8×10 art prints and two RLR releases (You choose!)

$150 donation: Four 8×10 art prints and four RLR releases (You choose!)

Even the smallest donations are appreciated and help us with our operating costs.

Thanks so much for your support!

Listen to all previous Media Roots Radio broadcasts here.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Reply