When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine
020 - Sustaining Optimism

020 - Sustaining Optimism

July 4, 2021

How can you stay happy and optimistic in a world that seems bent on bringing you down?  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for an optimistic discussion of sustainable living.  Rebroadcast from April 7, 2019.

122 - Electrify Everything

122 - Electrify Everything

June 27, 2021

How can we reach a world where energy generation is carbon free?  One solution being proposed is to electrify everything.

First it must be understood that electricity currently only accounts for about 1/3 or all the energy we use - the rest is used in transportation (oil products) and industry (primarily natural gas). 

So this two-step solution envisions an electrical grid composed of renewable generation - and all energy, for buildings, vehicles and industry - powered by this renewable grid.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of this vision - what are its goals and are those goal achievable?

121 - Agrarian Land Trusts

121 - Agrarian Land Trusts

June 20, 2021

The average age of an American farmer is 65. More and more farmland is transitioned to other purposes, such as condos, suburban homes, or commercial properties. Each year we loose about 400,000 acres to development. So how can we reverse this trend.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Ian McSweeney, organizational director of the Agrarian Trust, and organization that seeks to transform the ownership of land using the Agrarian Commons model – transitioning vast tracks of privately held land to a non-profit community status and encouraging new farmers into the field - bringing a sense of equity and purpose to those involved in agriculture.

029 - The Man Who Invented Everything (William Murdoch) - Dead White Scientist Series

029 - The Man Who Invented Everything (William Murdoch) - Dead White Scientist Series

June 13, 2021

Probably the most important scientist that you have never heard of.  William Murdoch was involved in creating or perfecting most of the major inventions that brought us through the Industrial Revolution to the modern age.  

From the steam engine to the locomotive, to the automobile to the steam boat - he even invented the pneumatic tube (that thing that delivers checks at the bank) and a way to purify beer with fish.  And oh yeah, he also invented gas lighting that illuminated the world prior to the electric light bulb.  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of sustainable living - and the Dead White Scientists that made it all possible.

120 - Building a Tiny House

120 - Building a Tiny House

June 6, 2021

How much is enough?  Is the next generation less obsessed with a big home in the suburbs?  Can comfortable shelter be achieved on a small footprint... with a small budget? 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Destiny Dame, a student intern at Blue Rock Station who is currently working on the $5,000 tiny home project- and contemplating how to live a life and create a business around a smaller household footprint.

119 - Is Sustainability Sustainable?

119 - Is Sustainability Sustainable?

May 30, 2021

It's fine to worry about the climate and whether our behaviors are sustainable when you have enough - enough to eat, a comfortable place to live, a sense of physical safety.  But how do we convey a sense of urgency to those struggling to get through the day?

How can our message be tailored to various demographics - student, young, old, white, black?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Alexis Romero, a sustainability student at the University of Florida working to address these issues and concerns.

077 - Who Revived the Electric Car?

077 - Who Revived the Electric Car?

May 23, 2021

One hundred years ago the world changed - transitioning from the horse and buggy to the automobile.  Most of the cars in that age were electric, relying on big bulky batteries for power.  

Henry Ford and Charles Kettering doomed those early electrics (you will have to listen to find out how).  General Motors revived it in the 1990's, then killed it again.  But from the ashes emerged products like the Prius, and companies like Tesla.  

Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station discuss how this time around everything is different - and how the electric car will change our society in ways as profound as the horseless carriage did 100 years ago.  (Repeat from April 2020)

118 – Preppers

118 – Preppers

May 16, 2021

The world is teetering on the edge of disaster. The Great Depression – the Cold War – 9-11 – Katrina – the 2008 Economic Meltdown – Covid...

Doesn't it make sense to build yourself a bunker, stock it with beans and ammunition, and wait out the Zombie Apocalypse? Is that what it means to be a “prepper.” Or is it just a common sense approach to have the skills and supplies on hand to deal with whatever emergency may come your way?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they discuss the realities of living a sustainable life.

117 – Starting Your Own Sustainable Business

117 – Starting Your Own Sustainable Business

May 9, 2021

Many people hold the same dream. Quit your job, move to the country, live the simple life. Somehow create your own little business where you are in charge of your own destiny.

But before you tell your boss to shove it – you need to think long and hard about just what it takes to run a business... any business. Do you have what it takes? Do you have enough capital (time and money)? Is the reality of your dream really what you want?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they discuss the realities of living a sustainable life.

116 – First Energy Scandal

116 – First Energy Scandal

May 2, 2021

In July 2020 the Ohio Speaker of the House, Larry Householder was arrested by the FBI and along with a group of utility lobbyists – charged in connection with a $61 million dollar “pay-to-play” scheme that netted First Energy somewhere between $1 – $2 billion dollars of taxpayer money.

This was the latest development in a pattern of corruption that places high-ranking Ohio politicians in league with state utility companies, not only lining their own pockets – but providing the motivation to weaken or repeal laws aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they try to follow the money that plays a big part in the political opposition to trying to reduce the impact of fossil fuels on the only planet we have.

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