"The best and most comprehensive look at global dependence on coal, and explores some promising alternatives...wind, solar thermal, increased energy efficiency through recycling 'waste heat'... Dirty Business is a fine and lively overview of a complicated issue." - Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools
Can coal really be clean? If we were to try to wean ourselves off coal, how would we keep the lights on? Is renewable energy ready for prime time? Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, Dirty Business seeks answers to these questions and more in a series of stories.
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Dirty Business is part of Reel Power. Working Films directed and managed the film's audience engagement campaign to deepen public understanding of the true cost connected to the sources of energy, expose the dirt behind "clean coal", and shine light on the viability of green energy alternatives.
Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a feature documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting 'clean coal' as being crucial to solving our energy/climate problem. Despite major concerns on the part of scientists and environmental groups, there has been little public education about this issue, which was a high-profile topic of the 2008 presidential campaigns and is a central element of President Obama's energy policy.
Can coal ever really be made 'clean'? If we were to try to wean ourselves off coal, how would we keep the lights on? Is renewable energy ready for prime time? Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, Dirty Business seeks answers in a series of stories shot in West Virginia, Nevada, Kansas, New York, Saskatchewan and China.
The film asks: can we rethink the way we produce and consume energy - and summon the political will to do it - in time to avert environmental disaster?