Michael Webber http://kut.org en What You Might Have Missed During 'The Big Game' http://kut.org/post/what-you-might-have-missed-during-big-game-0 <p>Unless you're a Seahawks fan, this year's Super Bowl was&nbsp;not so super. Seattle's blowout victory over Denver almost certainly inspired more than a few million viewers to tune out shortly after halftime.&nbsp;</p><p>The real contest this year, as in years past, was among TV sponsors who paid approximately $4 million per half-minute to push their messages to viewers. &nbsp;Much of the post-game commentary was devoted to who won bragging rights for 'best commenrcial'. &nbsp;But Michael Webber, Deputy Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin saw much more than the usual ads for beer, soda, insurance and autos. &nbsp;</p><p>Sure,&nbsp;the Super Bowl may be an American ritual. &nbsp;But if you look a little closer, Webber says, the big game reveals a national obsession bigger than football: an insatiable appetite for energy.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134248678&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="664px"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:42:49 +0000 Michael Webber & David Brown 9762 at http://kut.org What You Might Have Missed During 'The Big Game' How Much Energy Do We Use at the Holidays? http://kut.org/post/how-much-energy-do-we-use-holidays <p>The holidays are here and it might surprise people how energy-intensive they can be. Commentator Michael Webber is keeping a list - and checking it twice - on some ways we burn fuel this time of year.</p><p>For starters: There's the energy involved in travel to visit family – those long road trips over the hills and through the woods to visit Grandma, plane flights, even train travel.</p><p>Then there's the energy for heating our homes during cold weather. In the northeast that's likely fuel oil; gas in the Southwest; and electricity in the South. Then there are all those presents!</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125785844&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:15:00 +0000 Michael Webber & Emily Donahue 9420 at http://kut.org How Much Energy Do We Use at the Holidays? LISTEN: What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Thanksgiving Dinner? http://kut.org/post/listen-whats-carbon-footprint-your-thanksgiving-dinner <p>As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, consider this: how much energy it takes to produce and consume that food.</p><p>Throughout the year, transportation is responsible for 28 percent of our energy consumption. And there's&nbsp;a non-trivial bump right around Thanksgiving time. According to&nbsp;<a href="http://usatoday.com/">USA Today</a>, more than 25 million people in the United States are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120784523" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:54:47 +0000 Michael Webber 9213 at http://kut.org LISTEN: What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Thanksgiving Dinner? How Zombie Movies Reflect Our Fears on Energy and the Environment http://kut.org/post/how-zombie-movies-reflect-our-fears-energy-and-environment <p>Let’s talk zombies. Can’t kill them. Can’t eat them. What are we to the living dead?&nbsp;</p><p>No longer merely the province of Halloween season, nowadays zombies proliferate in American pop culture, from books to TV to film.</p><p><a href="http://www.energy.utexas.edu/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=95&amp;Itemid=165">Dr. Michael Webber</a>, deputy director of UT’s Energy Institute, says there’s good reason for the persistence of zombies – and it has a lot to do with how we think about power.&nbsp;</p><p>Energy – or the lack thereof – is always a sign of post-apocalyptic and zombie culture. Loss of energy inevitably leads to resource wars among the apocalypse’s survivors. From “The Walking Dead” to “World War Z,” the main drive is often for fuel, water, or power.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117985296" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:45:41 +0000 Michael Webber 9059 at http://kut.org How Zombie Movies Reflect Our Fears on Energy and the Environment