Economist and trend-spotter Jeremy Rifkin predicts that the evolution of energy production and distribution — from fossil fuels to more decentralized renewable energy — will transform the global economy. He joins us to discuss his latest book, "The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World."
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James Howard Kunstler writes about converging catastrophes in the 21st century brought about by global warming and other disasters. He says suburbs and big cities are unsustainable and doomed to fail. Kunstler’s solution for surviving the apocalypse is simpler, small town living. But Seattle environmental guru Alex Steffen disagrees. Steffen says smart urban growth and renewable energy will carry us to a brighter future. Tune in to hear a debate on the future of the planet.
James Howard Kunstler is a former Rolling Stone staff writer and is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He has been featured on NPR, CNN, Glenn Beck, The Colbert Report and was profiled in The New Yorker. His books include "The Long Emergency," and "The Geography of Nowhere." His latest book is "The Witch of Hebron."
Alex Steffen is formerly an environmental reporter and the co–founder and the executive editor of the Seattle–based Worldchanging, which covers "the world’s most innovative solutions to the planet’s problems."