LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- National media personality Thom Hartmann collaborated with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation on CARBON, a film about climate crisis that has been released in time for the 2014 UN Climate Summit in New York City on September 23. Narrated by DiCaprio, CARBON explores how governments worldwide put a price on carbon through carbon trading or carbon taxes.
DiCaprio says, "97% of climate scientists agree: climate change is happening now – and humans are responsible. We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon – now."
"We need serious action to address the most pressing issue of our time," comments Hartmann. "Communities across the world have taken action in the most direct and effective way possible by taxing and trading carbon. For us to beat this crisis, many more need to join."
"We certainly need a price on carbon pollution," says Joseph Romm, an expert featured in CARBON and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. "Right now, it's a free good and we are using the atmosphere as a sewer. That has a real cost and that cost should be reflected in the cost for carbon pollution."
Eamon Ryan, an expert featured in the film, the former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and Leader of the Irish Green Party says, "It's fairly simple to introduce. When they see a carbon tax in place, people know they can invest in alternatives that actually cut out the use of fossil fuel. It starts to have that effect – improving your energy efficiency in your home or improving industry's energy efficiency. And what we've seen in the last five years is we've doubled our amount of alternative energy supplies. So the benefit for the consumer is through those signals. You can cut out the wasteful use of energy. Then everyone is saving money, and it more than covers the cost of the carbon tax in the first place."
Presented by Thom Hartmann, produced by George DiCaprio, Mathew Schmid, Roee Sharon and Earl Katz, and directed by Leila Conners, CARBON can be viewed at greenworldrising.org.
ABOUT THOM HARTMAN
National progressive talk radio personality Thom Hartmann ranks #10 on the "2014 Heavy Hundred" list which is produced by leading Talk Radio industry publication, Talkers Magazine. Hartman engages listeners in political discussion and debate, focusing on current events and environmental issues on The Thom Hartmann Program.
The show airs live noon-3 p.m. ET Monday-Friday on more than 100 radio stations in the U.S., Europe and Africa, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Cable Radio Network, its own YouTube and Livestream channels, the U.S. Armed Forces Network, The Progressive Voices Mobil App and the Thom Hartmann App. It's also video-simulcast via Free Speech TV Network on Dish Network and DirectTV, reaching over 40 million U.S. and Canadian homes, making it the most listened to and viewed progressive radio program in the world. The program is managed by WYD Media Management and advertising sales are managed by Westwood One.
Additionally, Hartman hosts The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, a news, opinion and debate television show that's distributed by RT America (RTTV) in the U.S. and abroad in more than 100 countries, reaching 55 million households. Hartmann is also a New York Times bestselling author of 24 books printed in 17 languages and available on five continents.
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