Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. He tells Dick Gordon about the opposition he encountered along the way.
New images released by NASA show that the red toxic sludge in Hungary is easily visible from space. In the small mountain town of Inez, Kentucky, Mickey and Nina McCoy watched the news footage with their own sense of foreboding. Ten years ago, they lived through their own such disaster when more than 300 million gallons of coal sludge poured down a mountain into their community. Mickey and Nina say that event pushed them to demand clean water, and fight environmental degradation in Appalachia. Also, an update on an attempt to make a car that can reach 300 mph. Also: a dream green home.
In recent years, the writing of one woman has helped bring scientists and opinion leaders a bit closer to understanding changes in the oceans. But Deborah Cramer doesn't come to this issue from a science background. In fact, she disliked science as a kid. But when she grew up, she moved to a home on the edge of a salt marsh, and soon she was captivated by what was happening in her own backyard. Also in the show: Starting a Christmas tradition
The idea of using renewable energy has been bounced around by both presidential candidates. Their ads feature wind turbines, which they've made a point of mentioning in their stump speeches. Pete Ferrell is a fourth generation rancher, and sees himself as a steward of the land rather than a property owner. Since the late 1800s, his family has found ways to harness wind power. Now Pete has turned half his ranch into a wind farm. Also in this episode, Phil DuMas was waiting to board a flight while drinking a huge cup of coffee. When he finally reached the ticket counter, he was doing what his family nicknames "the pee pee dance." When the attendant asked him what was wrong, Phil explained he had a case of "PPD." Little did he know that airline personnel understand PPD to mean "paranoid personality disorder."
This spring the weather has brought destruction from all directions. In this country, hundreds of tornadoes have touched down - the worst coming in clusters. Evelyn Homan Duncan is 84. She says as the tornadoes tore through the South last week, all she could think about was the day her town of Tupelo, Miss. was struck by a shrieking wind in 1936.
Ritsuko Robinson grew up in her family’s inn on the bay in Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She lives in the U.S. now, but she was planning to go back for an important family ceremony this April. Since the tsunami, though, she’s had only spotty contact with family members, and she’s sure the most cherished family possession - the inn - has been destroyed.