This Week On The Fallon Forum

fallon forumDear Friends,

I’m an optimist, and believe that despite the growing impacts of the climate crisis, humanity will emerge from the 21st century a wiser, more balanced species. Part of the problem is we can’t see, smell or taste the culprit. But unless you’re a member of the Flat Earth Society, you know what’s wrong – and it concerns you deeply that CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is now 400 parts per million (ppm) – and rising.

I’m an optimist, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t days when the news isn’t depressing, or a mixed bag at best. In the mixed bag department . . .

Who “gets” climate change? The US military . . . sort of. They’re expanding activities in the Arctic, due to shrinking polar ice and new security and economic challenges. Unfortunately, one of those “challenges” is cashing-in on the region’s untapped oil and natural gas reserves. So, even though military leaders understand the cause of climate change, they’ll secure the region for corporations to extract more fossil fuels, thus worsening the climate crisis.

I am reminded of the expression, “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” Can someone please share that with Defense Secretary Hagel . . . and with President Obama?

On this topic, whatever happened to peak oil? Dr. Charles Goldman writes: “Not enough CO2 in the atmosphere from the fossil fuels reserves we already know about? How about a source of hydrocarbons that might be twice as abundant as all other fossil fuels combined? We’re talking about methane hydrate, and the question of what happens if we never run out of oil?”

Yike! This is news to me, and it doesn’t sound good.

Monday, from 5:30-6:30 pm (note the longer program), Charles and I are all over this topic, and we take a look at the “accomplishments” of last week’s climate summit in Warsaw, too.

Tuesday, I’m joined by Mark Taylor-Canfield, a writer and frequent contributor to national radio shows with Thom Hartmann, Norman Goldman, Jeff Santos, Brad Bannon and Mike Malloy. Mark and I discuss the interesting election news coming out of Washington State, with a focus on Initiative 522, which would require labeling of food with genetically modified organisms as ingredients. The election is so close, the results are still in limbo.

Join us live, Monday from 5:30-6:30 pm and Tuesday from 6:00-6:30 pm on the Fallon Forum website. Call-in at (855) 244-0077 and add your voice to the dialogue. Video and audio-only podcasts available after the program. The Fallon Forum also can be heard on KHOI 89.1 (Ames) Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and KPVL 89.1 (Postville) Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Thanks!

Ed

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