High Risk Energy Sources

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The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan raised new concerns about the risk of another nuclear reactor disaster.  The explosion of the FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT gives our citizens cause to re-examine the risk assumed by the public. At this writing, the full extent of the damage to the plant, the community, and the environment is unknown - it will take years.

At the same time concerns over the high risks associated with extracting natural gas and as noted in a Financial Times article is "energy that comes from the same place as our drinking water. Extracting it had better be safe. The political fault lines over hydraulic fracturing (hence the term fracking) have been easy to predict for anyone paying attention to the controversies over climate change and genetically modified organisms. France’s national assembly voted to ban fracking while in the US its been full steam ahead in 32 states. These are high risk alternative energy sources. 


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Haynesville Movie Trailer: Largest Natural Gas Field in the U.S.

Haynesville takes place in the Louisiana backwoods and follows the momentous discovery of the largest natural gas field in the United States. As the Haynesville boom erupts, three lives are caught in the middle of the find: A single mom defends her communitys environmental protections, an African American preacher attempts to use the riches to build a school, and a self-described country boy finds himself conflicted as he weighs losing his land against becoming an overnight millionaire. From a broader perspective, Haynesville explores what a natural gas find of this scale could mean to the United States energy picture as environmentalists, academics and pundits hash out the concept of a clean energy future and discuss how the Haynesvilles reserves could provide an energy answer. To order video from Amazon, click on image.

EarthSayer Gregory Kallenberg

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