Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011: State "Flips the Switch" on the First Hydropower Plant in Nearly Twenty Years. Is it a Smart Clean Energy Choice?

Compared to the dominant energy supply produced nationwide - 49% from coal, 20% from nuclear and another 20% from natural gas - hydropower, at 7%, stands out in the clean energy crowd. In Washington State hydropower is the dominant form of energy, supplying 65% of the state’s needs. So does that mean more hydropower is the solution for improving the state’s clean energy portfolio? Martha Baskin visited a "flip-the-switch" ceremony for the state’s first hydropower plant in nearly twenty years and brings us this report.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stimulus Funds at Work Restoring Coastal Habitat, Jump-Starting the Economy & Protecting Farmland from Floods

In Washington State’s Skagit River Valley a multi-million dollar stimulus fund project nears completion. The project’s focus is to restore habitat for endangered salmon, protect farmland from flooding and create jobs. Martha Baskin went up to the Valley to check things out and has our story.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011: Genetically Modified Organisms: A Conversation with Consumer Advocate Jeffrey Smith, Author of Genetic Roulette

This October marks the second ever non-GMO month. The Non-GMO Project and partners nationwide created non-GMO month as a platform to raise awareness about the GMO issue and risks genetically modified organisms pose to our health and environment. GMOFreeWashingtont kicks off the month on Thursday at 6PM with a panel discussion at the Ballard Library. Leading consumer advocate, Jeffrey Smith, will be in Seattle October 18th and 19th to discuss why GMO’s must be stopped. Martha Baskin caught up with him via phone and brings us this preview.

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