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March 18, 2011

This Week in Video

Between all the major events going on in the world, this was a week of videos. The topics of climate and energy weren't exceptions. So I chose three clips from this week that I wanted to highlight.

In this clip, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia stands up for the Environmental Protection Agency, which is a GOP target these days. This week, the EPA unveiled a proposal for a crucial clean air standard designed to protect us from mercury pollution. Rockefeller backs the agency and the science behind climate change.

It might also interest you to watch the Sierra Club's Mary Anne Hitt on Good Morning America explain mercury testing. Watch the segment by clicking here.

This next video requires a little spare time:

Andy Revkin of DotEarth and David Roberts of Grist have a pretty insightful conversation. In case you don't want to sit through the entire 50-minute chat, Roberts provides links to different segments of the discussion:

The three things Japan has going for it (02:46)
Fighting our tendency to discount long-term risks (09:16)
Preparing for quakes and floods, adapting to climate change (06:07)
Can logic-driven scientists convey an emotional appeal? (12:20)
Republican science, Democratic science, and a cabbie’s wisdom (06:24)
What will it take to change US energy policy? (06:44)

Enjoy that.

And lastly, this clip of the RidgeBlaster, a type of rooftop wind turbine, is pretty groovy. Wind critics latch on to the issue of aesthetics. This design perhaps addresses that point. Whether this type of turbine will ever take off or not, it's nice seeing this type of innovative thinking. 

-- Brian Foley

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