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3000 turbines. They show an improved power plant with water coolant system attached...like nothing could go
wrong here. It is an informative, quality program. Global warming is so dire that the nuclear risk is said to be
worth it. However, they are forever improving of solar to make it less expensive and more efficient. There is one
man who has perfected a very narrow line placement on the panels that enable the electrons to travel a shorter distance.
Some environmentalists discount the possibility of technological solutions to climate change, but this video gives a more hopeful perspective. I really liked the "pieces of the pie" analogy. This illustrates that if we make do-able changes in several areas, we can really mitigate climate change.
The science is settled, the evidence is overwhelming: 97% of climate scientists have concluded that humans are causing climate change. It appears to me it may well be too late to stop all climate change, but we can certainly slow it down, to give us time to adapt and implement solutions. Hopefully then we can avoid hitting any of the several climate "tipping points" scientists worry about. But we have to start right now.
This video shows us what to do.
To suggest that this one error (which has little impact on the rest of the program) "discredits" the rest of the program is illogical. "Power Surge" is actually a pretty moderate view of ways that we can reduce CO2 emmissions. The experts (a number of people are interviewed) are discussing ways to quickly improve the environment without giving up our entire way of life. If one instance of hyperbole is enough to dismiss the whole argument, than Rush Limbaugh must be completely discredited by now :-)
If the program has any weakness (in my mind) it would be that it isn't radical enough. Limping along with minor reductions in CO2 emmissions isn't likely to reverse our current path toward ecological disaster.
The video also emphasis this by showing such necessities as a cellphone, clothes washer, vacuum cleaner and DVD player.
So he expects his audience (I suppose many of whom were born after 1980) to believe that their parent's home had only three or four of the following items in 1980:
One radio or one Stereo
One turntable, 8-track, cassette player or /CD player
A vacuum cleaner or one Dust buster
Electric Space Heater
Electric Hair dryer
Electric garage door opener
Electric water heater
One A/C unit
An electric light bulb (delete)
An electric doorbell (delete)
One flashlight (delete)
Electric can opener (delete)
Electric Fan (maybe delete)
Exhaust fan for the stove (maybe delete)
Stove/Oven (maybe delete)
One Electric Drill, or Jig Saw, or Circular Saw (maybe delete)
One Hedge Trimmer (maybe delete)
In 1980 my home had all the above (except the hearing aid), and for many of them I had several of each!
Get real Jim Rogers. No one who can remember 1980 should ever accept your history revisionist policy here. I contend that virtually every home in America was filled with such devices not only in 1980 but for many, many years prior.
Wondering how could an intelligent CEO take to revising history to such an extreme I did a little Google searching for Mr Rogers and quickly saw that he appears to be a political zealot with a liberal slant. I see that in 2011 Duke shareholders have voiced concern over Rogers "spending Duke Energy money on Pres. Obama's energy policies" and for "using the company financial resources to back the 2012 Democratic Nat'l Convention."
As a result, I believe that this NOVA video is totally discredited, political propaganda.
UPDATE: I agree to an extent with the thoughtful people who took the time to comment. I did misuse the term "electric light bulb" to represent an electronic device in general use in 1980 and I was wrong. I stand corrected.
The definition of an electronic device is "Having, or operating with the aid of, many small components, esp. microchips and transistors, that control and direct an electric current: 'an electronic calculator'". And therefore a 1980's style incandescent light bulb does not belong in my list (above).
And perhaps a few others in 1980 were not really "electronic" either, including perhaps most (but not all) flashlights, electric drills and jig saws and can openers and many electric fans too. So I'll concede that perhaps up to a dozen of the items on my list perhaps could be widely found in non-electronic use in 1980, rather they were simply running on straight electricity without the use of microchips, capacitors, diodes, transistors and so on.
I am correcting this because leaving these few questionable items on my list was distracting from making my point - that the video is biased. Eliminate up to the dozen possible "electric" items from my list and still, clearly it reminds us that homes in the USA in 1980 had far more the 3 or 4 electronic devices in use. Jim Rogers is wildly rewriting history to make his case, and as such, I stand by my observation that this discredits the whole video and being a propaganda piece.