Guest: Mike Ewall, founder and director of Energy Justice Network
This week on Political Analysis, host Sandy LeonVest tackles the issue of people and power in the context of what has come to be known as "energy democracy." During the first half of the program, she looks at the issue of carbon trading through the lens of environmentaism and social justice, with audio segments from policy analysts and climate justice advocates. She asks whether such "market-based" schemes (carbon offsets, credits, cap and trade) actually "green the planet" or merely serve to enrich polluters, while keeping power out of the hands of the people.
Continuing that theme during the second half of the show, SLV talks to climate justice advocate Mike Ewall about how corporate polluters and financial elites (like those who attended COP 17) utilize complicated carbon schemes and market-based climate solutions in order to continue to pollute, while reaping huge profits and keeping the status quo in place.