This week, WPRB correspondents Derek Gideon and Lisa Han looked into the controversy over the proposed building of PurGen One, a coal plant in Linden, NJ. They talked with Princeton PhD student Ben Court and Marissa Mascaro, Executive Vice President at Legal and Regulatory Affairs at SCS Energy, who gave two very different interpretations regarding the effects of the carbon capturing and storage technology to be utilized by the proposed plant. Listen below: Interview with Ben Court Interview with Marissa Mascaro
Also, Alfred Miller talked to Princeton University senior Katherine Song, whose team placed first in an international hydrogen production competition, about the power and potential of hydrogen to transform future energy needs. Listen here.
As Americans cast their votes in the midterm elections, they will set the course for American environmental policy for years to come. Van Jones, the founder of three non-profits and author of a book on green jobs entitled “The Green Collar Economy,” served as a green jobs advisor to the Obama administration for six months in 2009. In September, he was forced to resign after criticism from conservative politicians and media outlets. Derek Gideon sat down with him to discuss green jobs and the politics of environmentalism.
On October 6, physicist Harold Lewis, Professor Emertitus of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, stepped down from the American Physical Society (APS) after writing an open letter of resignation criticizing what he sees as a shift in the field of physics in favor of global warming research at the cost of other pursuits. In 2007, the APS issued a statement calling the evidence for man-made global warming “incontrovertible” and advocated policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Producer Aaron Smargon discussed Lewis’ resignation in an interview with William Happer, a Professor of Physics at Princeton University who has expressed support for Lewis’ position.