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Modern Marvels: Renewable Energy

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In the young 21st Century, two realizations are dawning on the world's population: we are hopelessly dependent on petroleum, which is only going to get more expensive; and global warming, caused mainly by our burning of fossil fuels, will impact civilization in ways that we're only beginning to grasp. Stepping in to fight both of these massive problems are the rapidly evolving technologies that harness renewable energy. We will see how air, water, earth, and fire are transformed into clean, reliable sources of heat, electricity, and even automobile fuel. We'll take an in-depth look at the most proven and reliable sources: solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and tidal power. From the experimental to the tried-and-true, renewable energy sources are overflowing with potential... just waiting to be exploited on a massive scale. And unlike fossil fuels, they'll always be there.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019KAQB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John on June 23, 2010
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This was a great dvd covering the many ways we as a country can go green with renewable resources. It covers solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, wave motion, bio fuels, etc. Great view. I think we all need to buy this and send it to everyone who is in the "good ol' boys club" of big oil and big coal.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Bukosky on December 5, 2009
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This is an excellant DVD! It shows with some great real applications that pv panels, wind turbines, greothermal, and other renewable energy sources are ready technologies... We can free ourselves of dependance on carbon polluting energy sources and foreign imports. Live free and not die !
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on November 8, 2008
Most environmental messages are all about doom and gloom. This work says we have resources from the air, ground, water, and other places to replace fossil fuels.
I can't stands me no chemistry or physics, but the science here was bearable because of the good news that was being spread. I still have concerns that these fan blades in the air or in the sea are going to kill wildlife and put many species on the endangered list. This work did focus on warmer areas. So it's nice that Arizona and Ethiopia can cultivate all this energy. But are we sure that cold, bustling places like London or New England are going to be able to take advantage too?
This work is novel in that it speaks of past peoples and cultures using the same technology. For example, the windmills in Holland were about energy. Native American tribes in the Southwest positioned houses so they would soak up maximum sun. I loved the history lessons here.
The work seemed to interview Ph.D.'s and Joes the Plumber. So it is a bit diverse in terms of class. However, it was very homogenous in terms of race and gender. Remember when the Internet was all the rage in the 1990s, but there were serious worries about the "digital divide"? I am worried that this new, clean, infinite technologies are going to aid the privileged and not the oppressed.
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Although it is an "older" DVD, the"Renewable Energy" abundantly depicts green- technologies employed by other governments. By what is lacking, it is a dramatic reminder of the failure of the USA to take seriously, the threat of global warming. Because our US "corporatocrary" places profits for its "protected" (polluting) industry giants above planetary survival, our political leaders must be judged by their failures in accomplishing any reasonable impact on the world's emerging disasters. Only Jimmy Carter made a gesture by installing solar panels on the white house, which were promptly removed by Ronald Regan. This DVD is an historical perspective and testimonial to the failure of the US government to make any meaningful contribution to avert what is the imminent demise of the planet.
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By karen dellelo on March 13, 2013
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I like getting these types of videos as we are living in times when new ideas are needed. I have seen the wind farms and love watching them. They are so quiet! I like the ones along the Columbia River best. You don't expect them there. There is more information than just wind covered in the video. It is very thought provoking and good for young people to look at what is going to be in their future. My next car will be a hybred of some kind.
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I teach 6th grade science and we were studying renewable energy resources. I have always been please with History Channel productions in the past so I decided to purchase this one. It gave my students a look at an alternative future for energy and made them see the impact of fossil fuels. Overall this is a great one to purchase.
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I show this video to my students when we cover fossil fuels and renewable energy sources and they all remain engaged throughout the showing. It uses good computer graphics and real life footage of renewable energy being used around the world. Definitely recommended!
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By Gloria on September 18, 2012
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This is an excellent video. I use it with my program Science for Seniors which is an activity program for retirement, long term car, assisted living, and adult day centers. The program tells in a fun way how science works in e everyday life.
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