Cliff Etheredge (above): "What we've been 'cussing' all these years" -- the Texas wind -- "turned out to be a blessing!" We also learn about tera-watts of energy, how many we need from clean energy sources, and how immense are the amounts actually available to be tapped.
Van Jones, above, and watch his men happily at work on green energy projects that serve the environment as well as supplying them with perhaps their first permanent "trade."
Green Hawk" Dan Nolan, who explains in some detail the difficulty of getting oil safely to our troops in the middle east. The process, which costs far to much money and results in lost lives, looks simply crazy. Now, with more efficient green energy sources, we're saving money, lives and the environment via things like this monolithic dome in the desert, shown below.
Dow Chemical and Stonyfield Farm are moving away from carbon and actually profiting from this. Byck compares our country's rising to the challenge of producing airplanes during WWII (and outdoing our goals in the process) with our environmental challenge. I would like to think we are up to this task, but I do wonder. In any case, Byck has thrown down the gauntlet. There are clearly more than enough possible "clean energy" alternatives (the filmmaker doesn't even mention the wave energy covered in Cool It!), but it's going to take reform from on-high to put these into practice. So see the movie -- and start agitating.
Carbon Nation has its New York premiere on Thursday night, February 10, at the FSLC's Walter Reade Theater, via Green Screens and Solar One -- and then opens theatrically the following day at the Cinema Village. In the followin weeks the film wilhit , L.A., Austin, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco. Click here for dates and theaters.
The following short "interview" took place via back-and-forth email between Peter Byck and myself.
TrustMovies: Thanks for an invigorating and much more positive movie about our environment than we usually get, Peter. As much as I enjoyed and agree with your film, I was left with the sense that, yes, these are all good ideas but most of them will take real governmental “push” to get started and to take off in the way necessary to make a difference. So far, I’ve seen little of this, and in fact, have seen much more of the opposite: feet dragging, arguments that global warming doesn’t exist or is being over-sold, the same old dependence on oil for energy, etc etc. How do you think we will be able to put into practice the changes you show us that could help?
Are you familiar with the documentary The Best Government Money Can Buy? by Francis Megahy? That film nails the root problem: the difficulty of getting our elected politicians to actually follow the will of the people who elected them. Politician after politician sells out. Until we have a change is this area, it seems to me that little else can be accomplished. Unless I am missing something.
Peter Byck: Thank you for your kind words re: Carbon Nation. Here's my reply to your question (and I haven't yet seen the "Best Gov." documentary you mentioned).
It would be excellent to have a concerted government push to get these clean energy, energy efficiency and land use practices into high gear. It does look like a long shot right now. American businesses, on the other hand, are actually pushing the agenda because they're making money in the doing, and they are gaining brand loyalty in some cases as well. My concern is that, Stonyfield and others aside, there are still many American companies that seem to be hesitant to speak up forcefully and publicly about their carbon reduction programs - programs that are making them into stronger businesses. I think if a majority of these companies really went public with how much they want congress to act, they would have success. This has been tried with USCAP; we just need much more of it.