Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Electric Car Revolution & Exposing Climate Cover-ups


This Week on Writers Voice: Jim Motavalli, HIGH VOLTAGE & James Hoggan, CLIMATE COVER-UP
Journalist Jim Motavalli talks about the electric car revolution. His new book is HIGH VOLTAGE: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry. And WV airs a 2010 interview with James Hoggan of DeSmogBlog about his book, CLIMATE COVER-UP.

Jim Motavalli
Electric cars are poised to revolutionize the auto industry. The only thing holding them back are the batteries, which are currently expensive and have a limited range.

Breakthrough in Batteries
But on February 26, Jim Motavalli reported in the New York Times about a breakthrough in lithium ion batteries for cars, which could slash their cost in half while boosting energy threefold. And a battery that could be filled with electricity in liquid form, making a car as easy to charge as it is now to fill up with gas, has also recently been reported to be in the works.

The changes are happening fast and furious, and Motavalli gives the reader a tour of them in his book, High Voltage, covering the development of the electric car, its present and its future.

Motavalli is an environmental journalist, former editor of E Magazine and blogger for Mother Nature Network, BNET and The Daily Green. He also writes about the auto industry for the New York Times and has a syndicated column, “Wheels.”

James Hoggan
On February 14, the news broke that a trove of internal documents from the climate change denial think tank, the Heartland Institute, had been released by the watchdog website DeSmogBlog.

The strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog show, among other things, that the Heartland Institute is planning to develop a “global warming curriculum” for elementary schoolchildren that presents climate science as “a major scientific controversy.” The effort, at the cost of $100,000 a year, will be developed by a coal-industry consultant.

In 2010, WV spoke with DeSmogBlog founder, James Hoggan about his exposé of the climate denial industry, Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.

Fakegate
The revelations about the Heartland Institute are being called, "Fakegate." The documents were given to DeSmogBlog by eminent climate scientist Peter Gleick. He’s been excoriated in the mainstream media for obtaining the documents by using a false name. Among the critics are environmental journalist, Andrew Revkin of the New York Times.

The question is, who is the real criminal? The scientist? Or the Heartland Institute? Take our poll.

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