There's a project underway to identify a type of American Elm that's resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people across the country to help them identify healthy trees.
Except when it isn't. We check in with Julia Trigg Crawford who is fighting the TransCanada Corporation as it lays pipe for the XL Pipeline. When Julia started her fight, less than a year ago, she was sure she could stop the company from digging up the land she’d inherited from her family. But the digging has begun – in spite of ongoing litigation.
Larry and Ellen Johnson have lived in the Gulf Coast area their entire life and run a local seafood business called High Tide Foods. They catch and sell shrimp, oysters and crabs just as their parents did and their kids and grandkids are doing now. But as oil courses into the Gulf for the third straight month, the future of their business and their way of life is unclear.
There's a lot of money in green energy these days, and a lot of public interest in getting away from fossil fuels. Many states are looking at generating power through wind. In a remote part of Maine, a wind power company has already set up 38 turbines. Stetson Mountain is now New England's largest wind farm.
Mike Cianchette is the project operations manager there.
When the last restaurant Daniel Giddens worked for closed, he got tired of looking for another job. He took unemployment and posted his resume on Monster.com. Before long, companies offering him bookkeeping work at home got in touch, and then some started sending checks. Dan knew it looked a little shady, but he was curious to see what would happen, so he took one of the checks to the bank and cashed it. Also on the show: a year without plastic.
Near Wilmington, N.C., a legal conundrum is pending over who owns a particular piece of beach. The case goes back 150 years in history, and it involves land that was originally purchased by a former slave. The property was passed down through the Freeman family, without a clear paper trail. Now there's a development company that claims it has bought up some of the interests. Billy Freeman joins Dick to talk about the history of the beach, and how they plan to sort out the ownership issues.
Guest host Alex Chadwick talks with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer about the oil that spilled in the Yellowstone River last month. Alex gets an update on the clean-up and talks to the governor about Montana as an energy state.
More than 150 vultures mysteriously moved into a two-block radius of Shelby, N.C. Kristen Duren, the woman charged with running the birds out of town, says the best deterrent was to hang vulture effigies upside down.