Tag Archives: fossil fuels

7 Generations Radio: Jill Merritt and Vaughn Lovejoy, Elders Rising for Intergenerational Justice–Feb 20, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guests:  Jill Merritt and Vaughn Lovejoy of Elders Rising for Intergenerational Justice

Discussion:  The efforts of Elders Rising to stop the leasing of land by BLM for oil and gas exploration and drilling, the importance of elder involvement in civil action, environmental effects resulting from leasing of public action, working with Native people, the importance to future generations, strategy and tactics for civil action, effects of losing our touch with the earth.

Broadcast on WSHC Shepherdstown radio on February 20, 2016

7 Generations Radio: David Manthos, Skytruth, August 1, 2015

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  David Manthos of Skytruth

Discussion:  Satellite Data Observations of Oil Leakage in the Gulf of Mexico; detection of environmental damage associated with the extraction of fossil fuels; satellite tracking of illegal ocean fishing operations.

Broadcast of WSHC, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV on August 1, 2015

Note:  The audio commences midstream as David is commenting on damages assessed against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

7 Generations Radio: Mary Anne Hitt, Moving toward Renewable Energy–July 18, 2015

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Mary Anne Hitt, Director, Sierra Club, Beyond Coal Campaign

Discussion:  Mary Anne describes progress to retire coal plants in the U.S. and to increase the availability of renewable energy, coal exports, opposition to coal export terminals in the U.S., Chinese investment in renewable energy, Supreme Court ruling on EPA regulation of mercury emissions from power plants, President’s Clean Power Plan and its impact on international climate negotiations.  Discussion of health problems caused by coal dust emissions.  Introduction of significant wind energy in Iowa and North Carolina.

Radio Broadcast on WSHC Shepherdstown from the campus of Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV on July 18, 2015



7 Generations Radio: Natural Gas Fracking in Marcellus Shale, WV–Autumn Long–May 30, 2015


Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Autumn Long, Social Justice and Environmental Activism relating to impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Fracking boom.

Discussion:  Fracking impacts on water, land and people in WV.  Legal, regulatory, environmental and health issues related to fracking.

Originally broadcast on WSHC Radio, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, on May 30, 2015


7 Generations Radio — Bill Howley, Energy researcher and blogger discusses WV Power alternatives.

Co-hosts:  Joe Gray and Graham Smith-White

Guest:  Bill Howley

Bill Howley discusses the state of WV coal and other fossil fuels, as well as transition to renewable energy sources.

Recorded from a broadcast at WSHC, Shepherd University, WV on July 19, 2014

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7 Generations Radio–Comparative Economics: WV and Latin America

Host:  Joe Gray

Guests:  Sean O’Leary, WV Business and Economic author, blogger State of My State; and George Gray Molina, UN Chief Economist for Latin America

Discussion of West Virginia economic issues and comparison with how similar issue have been managed in Latin America.

Broadcast on WSHC Shepherd University Radio, July 5, 2014


7 Generations — What’s it all about?

7 Generations is about life and its continuity, human and other.  it is about the belief that man has a niche to find in the natural order, that he has breached that and is in danger of destroying his/her self and much of the rest of nature as well.  The threats are the result of greed and a short term view of life.  But the threats are also because we have a mushrooming human population and limited resources.  They are because of our lifestyle and economic systems, and these are not easily changed.  We have become dependent upon corporate entities that have no emotional, human or spiritual makeup, save the bottom line.  We need to break that dependency by adopting locally sustainable ways that are not dependent on burning fossil fuels, or destroying the earth’s resources.  We also need to learn to rein in corporations so that they work to the benefit of mankind and the rest of nature.  We also face the threat of continuing resource wars as fossil fuel and other resources, including water, dwindle.  How will we head off or defuse those wars?  We have all the warning signs.  Only by working together will we have a chance of overcoming these threats.  Let’s have a discussion about these things. Let’s develop a vision for the future, a way out that will protect future generations.