Nancy Parrish, President of "Protect Our Defenders"

BROADSIDED has been one of the few voices to speak out about the epidemic regarding Military Sexual Assault and we’ve promised to keep you apprised of any developments.  Nancy Parrish, President of Protect Our Defenders and a guest on our December 8th, 2011 broadcast has graciously agreed to give us a few minutes of her time to share with us some recent updates.  While we know there’s a long way to go, there has been slow, but steady progress, thanks so much in part to the efforts of the brave soldiers who have come forward to tell their stories, the hard work of Protect our Defenders and the strong voice of Congresswoman Jackie Speier.  You won’t want to miss this.  Then, it’s on to the main topic of our program:  Climate change…


Dr. Joseph Romm

There has been a great deal of conflict throughout the world regarding climate change.  While most of the scientific community agrees (82%) that man has a direct impact on our environment, based on scientific information, a minority of scientists disagree and feel it’s a normal global pattern.  A 2011 Pew Research poll indicates that 38% of Americans believe climate change is a consequence of humans, 18% believe it’s a natural pattern, 28% believe there’s nothing at all to it and the rest claim to be unsure.  One thing is certain: our world is changing, the polar ice caps are melting and the weather patterns have been severe.

We will be joined by Dr. Joseph Romm, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress who seems to have no doubt. He oversees the blog, which was named one of Time Magazine’s Fifteen Favorite Websites for the Environment in 2007. In December 2008, Romm was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for “distinguished service toward a sustainable energy future and for persuasive discourse on why citizens, corporations, and governments should adopt sustainable technologies.” In a March 2009 column in the New York Times, Tom Friedman noted that Dr. Romm is “a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog” In March 2009, Rolling Stone also named him one of of “The 100 People Who Are Changing America” calling him “America’s fiercest climate-change blogger.” And in April, U.S. News & World Report named him “one of the most influential energy and environmental policymakers in the Obama era.

Dr. Romm served as acting assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy during 1997 and principal deputy assistant secretary from 1995 though 1998. In that capacity, he helped manage the largest program in the world for working with businesses to develop and use advanced transportation and clean energy technologies—$1 billion aimed at energy efficiency, hybrid vehicles, electric batteries, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, renewable energy, distributed generation, and biofuels. Dr. Romm helped lead the administration’s climate technology policy formulation, and initiated, supervised, and publicized a comprehensive technical analysis by five national laboratories of how energy technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions at low-cost: Scenarios of U.S. Carbon Reductions.

He is author of Hell and High Water: Global WarmingThe Solution and The Politics (William Morrow, January 2007). He is coauthor of the Scientific American article, “Hybrid Vehicles Gain Traction” (April 2006) and author of The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate, named one of the best science and technology books of 2004 by Library Journal.

Romm holds a Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. and researched his thesis on physical oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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