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e2

5 Seasons

Season 4
4.3 out of 5 stars (9) IMDb 8.4/10

Global in scope and comprised of six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, e2 energy features the engineers, policymakers and innovations that are transforming energy availability and consumption. Each episode covers viable policy and technology alternatives to the fossil fuel culture. Episodes explore: California as a world leader in emissions control; transportation and the need for greater efficiencies; ethanol in Brazil and its future in the United States; distributed solar energy as a means to poverty alleviation in Bangladesh; community wind in Minnesota and its role in regional economic development; and the role of coal and nuclear power in our future energy mix. Solutions-oriented, the series illustrates the trials and trade-offs that any evolution in our global energy system will demand. e2 energy is narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman

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1. Harvesting the Wind

In southwest Minnesota, wind energy is a burgeoning source of local power and income for farmers. Will the rest of the U.S. follow Minnesota's lead?

TV-G CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: October 19, 2007
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2. Energy for a Developing World

Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization distributes small solar systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis.

TV-G CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: October 26, 2007
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3. Paving the Way

In America alone, nearly 70 percent of oil consumed is by the cars we drive. Can efficient automobile design mitigate the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars? General Motors unveils The Volt, a super-hybrid vehicle, and the fuel cell-powered Sequel, while technology firm Fiberforge shows off the latest in ultra-light materials for car manufacturing.

TV-G CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: November 2, 2007
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4. Growing Energy

In response to the oil crisis of the 1970s, Brazil created a domestic ethanol industry that is now thriving on all levels, from production, to distribution at gas stations, to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars. The episode examines what we can learn from Brazil's extraordinary success with ethanol, and whether other countries could follow suit.

TV-G CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: November 9, 2007
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5. State of Resolve

Could California's progressive energy policies spearhead a nationwide shift toward cleaner energy? The remarkable laws that California has passed under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to regulate greenhouse gas emissions perpetuate the state's reputation for environmental leadership across the country, and potentially the globe.

TV-G CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: November 16, 2007
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6. Coal & Nuclear: Problem or Solution?

Renewables, biofuels, solar, wind and other energy sources may be alternatives to fossil fuel, but it is impossible to ignore the ubiquity of coal and the power capabilities of nuclear, despite their many drawbacks. These controversial resources may be major players in a sustainable energy future, however, thanks to new developments in carbon capture and sequestration and improved nuclear technologies.

TV-G CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: November 23, 2007
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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman
Network PBS
Producers Dileep Singh Rathore, Midori Wiloughby
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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First off let me say that I'm an engineer who works in the oil and gas industry, so I'm naturally skeptical of a lot of the optimism that surrounds alternative energy sources. That said, I also consider myself fairly progressive and I recognize that there are a lot of challenges for supplying our energy needs that petroleum based fuels cannot provide. As a result, I feel like I approached this series with an open mind, but at the same time an analytical one. Overall, I think it's a a pretty good series. However some episodes are better than others, so I'll outline my reactions to each one below.

Harvesting the Wind: This episode was my least favorite. It reeks of starry eyed optimism. About 3/4 of the way through the episode they mention that wind energy isn't actually economical and the only way they make money is through federal tax cuts (their words, not mine), a rather crucial point, in my opinion, that gets all of 15 seconds attention in a 20 minute episode.

Energy for a Developing World: My favorite of all of the episodes. They do a great job of showing how alternative sources of energy can be excellent solutions for areas with poor infrastructure, and can improve peoples' lives at the same time.

Paving the Way: Pretty much all about electric vehicles. Overall a good episode, although I wish they had given more attention to public transportation as well as recognized that electric vehicles pull power from carbon emitting sources as well, most notably coal.

Growing Energy: Given all the rhetoric surrounding ethanol, I didn't expect much from this episode, but I was pleasantly surprised. They recognize corn based ethanol as the boondoggle that it is and gave rightful attention to successes in Brazil and the potential of cellulosic ethanol.
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E2 is a critically important look at some of the solutions available to us for a wide range of problems posed by a society based on fossil fuels (climate change, peak oil, oil spills, devastation caused by mining, air pollution, etc.). Beautifully filmed, with a perfect soundtrack, this is an inspiring response to the despair so many are feeling due to the environmental destruction that is going on all around us.

The E2 DVD contains 6 half hour episodes on topics such as windpower, evolving car design, biofuels and microloans for the poor to develop small solar projects. There's also an episode on better approaches to coal and nuclear power, but I'd prefer those technologies get mothballed and that instead we focus on solar, wind, tidal, conservation, increased efficiency, green building, better urban design and so forth. The second installment of E2 e2: Design Season 2 covers another series of innovations that are taking place.

Congratulations to PBS for producing this wonderful DVD.
I hope many Amazon customers will get hold of it and share it with others.
I'd also recommend:
A Crude Awakening - The Oil Crash
Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Plenty Magazine
Radiant City
Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
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It's interesting to see how much has changed in terms of our view on energy. FutureGen has essentially been canned. Nuclear is in the doghouse, even though it's the best large-scale carbon-free energy source. People are starting to see that wind is not as great as it sounds. And the shale gas/oil discoveries have completely changed the game for the US, kind of like the iPhone did for cell phones.
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This was very good, educational and informational when it comes to a rural area building wind generators. I personally enjoyed watching this, and I totally support renewable energy solutions.
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Very well made documentary series that poses many thought provoking questions right off the top. Surely a topic that will be a part of key global conversation for years to come.
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