An intense and amazingly effective campaign is underway to convince Americans that natural gas is the answer to our energy problems. As a result, a vast network of pipelines is being constructed across the country, millions of Americans are converting their old oil-burning systems to natural gas, and government officials are green-lighting massive new gas-fired power plants. The oil and gas industry, which created the concept of a “bridge fuel” is hoping that their trillion dollar investment will pay off before people find out that over its lifetime, natural gas contributes more to global warming than either oil or coal.
How a Texas gas company plans to turn the caverns under Seneca Lake into New York’s largest gas station… and what some people are doing about it!
What’s happening in New York with fracking? When will Governor Cuomo decide whether to permit fracking in New York State, and why will fracking impact the citizens of New York even if the Governor doesn’t approve it?
On this edition of Green Street we hear from attorney and activist Elisabeth (“Beth”) Radow and Albany insider Bill Cooke, Director of Legislative Affairs for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
Why not put a big natural gas pipeline right next to an old nuclear power plant that sits near a known seismic fault line? What could possibly go wrong?
Spectra Energy has applied for permission to install a giant new 42-inch gas pipeline right next to the Indian Point nuclear power plant. It’s part of their AIM Pipeline Expansion Project to help gas companies to export natural gas overseas. Current federal regulations require a distance of ten miles between a gas pipeline of this size and a nuclear facility, so why is the approval process is rolling along without a hitch?
On this edition of Green Street, we talk with nuclear engineer Paul Blanch, who has been a consultant to New York State and has worked at Indian Point. Find out who’s protecting the health and safety of the residents of Westchester County – and for that matter, all of the NY metro area – and what you can do to help avert what could be one of the greatest nuclear disasters in modern history.
The new Spectra pipeline will bring lots of shale gas to NYC, along with high levels of cancer-causing radon. Shale gas extracted from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia has high levels of naturally-occurring radon, a potent carcinogen. According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Now, thanks to the new Spectra gas pipeline which went into operation on November 1st, this radon-rich gas is now being delivered to homes, apartments and businesses in New York City and Westchester County.
Wilma Subra is an environmental chemist and natural gas expert who has received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” award for her work with communities fighting against polluting industries.
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As if the producers of natural gas didn’t already have enough headaches with radioactive waste, scientists and medical experts are now beginning to warn about high levels of radon in the gas from the Marcellus shale formation.The gas currently being brought to NYC from Louisiana has low levels of radon that decay during its travel time to New York. In contrast, gas from nearby Pennsylvania (and New York, if Governor Cuomo doesn’t stop fracking) has high levels of radon that won’t have a chance to decay before the gas gets to homes, apartments and restaurants in New York.On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk about the potential heath threat of radon with attorney and radon expert Jeff Zimmerman.
Gas companies and their investors are busy building the infrastructure to transport and export frack gas from the US to areas of the world where demand (and prices) are high. Their latest idea is to construct a giant liquified natural gas terminal and anchor it in NY Harbor, just miles off Jones Beach and the coast of New Jersey.
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, and Bruce Ferguson of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, to talk about the proposed gas terminal, what it really means for our energy future and how citizens can get involved in the effort to stop this fossil fuel madness.
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You don’t know what fracking can do to a community until you live through it.
On this edition of Green Street we hear the voices of people whose lives have been turned inside out by the relentless industrialization caused by gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and what it means for New Yorkers.
Patti is joined tonight by special guest and frequent Green Street commentator, Bill Cooke. Anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins joins us from her home in Pennsylvania, in the heart of fracking country.
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Everyone knows that radiation causes cancer, and recent events have shown that even with safeguards, nuclear energy plants can never be completely safe. Yet the industry and their elected cheerleaders are still trying to convince Americans that nuclear energy is the answer to our energy needs.
On this edition of Green Street, Doug and Patti are joined by award-winning author, journalist and investigative reporter Karl Grossman who has spent a career studying nuclear energy and its politics.
The natural gas industry is drilling and fracking wells across the United States and around the world as fast as they can, before the scientists have a chance to know exactly how these activities will affect our water.
On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug are joined by Al Appleton, former Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, widely recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on water issues.
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