Energy Sources & Uses

Green Building & DesignOnline videos of interviews and presentations included in this section focus on energy use, sources, generation, conservation and policy. Topics include renewable energy, clean energy, green energy, energy efficiency, sustainable fuels, energy independence, and issues related to oil dependency.

Specific issues include biofuels, ethanol, oil shale, fossil fuels, geothermal, hydroelectric, hydrogen, microhydro, natural gas, nuclear energy, ocean thermal, photovoltaic, and passive solar energy. This section also includes videos that discuss cogeneration, conservation, distributed generation, insulation, and public policy issues related to energy.

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Recycled Energy: Green & Underused. TV feature story with Roger Ballentine. Discusses how inefficient industrial plants can use the energy normally wasted through their smokestacks as a source of new clean energy. About 3 minutes. Play Video >> More about Roger Ballentine >>

The Future Belongs To The Efficient. Presentation excerpt by Dan Chiras. Describes how new homes can be made more energy efficient with currently available materials. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Dan Chiras >>

Recent Progress In Developing Renewable Energy. Online interview with Christopher Flavin. Talks about the resurgence of the United States as a leader in green energy and the importance of the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

Winning The Oil Endgame. Presentation excerpts by Jonathan Koomey. About the important contributions that civil society and business need to make to move us away from oil dependency. About 5 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Jonathan Koomey >>

Solar Hot Water: Past And Future. Online presentation by John Perlin. Describes the history of solar hot water from Roman bath houses to its present use in many parts of the world. About 25 minutes. Play Video >> More about John Perlin >>

Power in the Public Interest Nuclear Debate. Presentation by Christopher Flavin. Flavin discusses the current state of the nuclear energy industry, and its future. About 25 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2, 3.

NBC Los Angeles Story About Feature Film Fuel. Television news story featuring Josh Tickell. Tickell talks about his documentary "FUEL" and the use of alternative fuels like biodiesel. About 3 minutes. Play Video >> More about Josh Tickell >>

Simple Steps To Passive Solar. Presentation by Dan Chiras. Explains how simple things like the orientation of a home can drastically affect its heating and cooling needs. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> | Play QuickTime >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" Al Gore Green Energy by 2018 Speech. Al Gore's speech calling for the U.S. "to commit to producing 100% of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years." Gore said this strategic initiative is important to help solve the climate crisis, boost the economy, and end reliance on foreign oil. About 27 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Energy And Environmental Issues During The 2004 Presidential Campaign. Online interview with Roger Ballentine. Ballentine was a senior adviser to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on energy and environmental issues during the 2004 campaign and is currently president of Green Strategies, Inc. He looks back at Kerry's successes and failures during the presidential race. About 13 minutes. Play Video >> More about Roger Ballentine >>

"" Burning the Future: Coal in America. The trailer for this documentary film shows local communities in the Appalachians challenging the coal industry. The mountaintop removal extraction of coal is causing environmental degradation and polluting local water resources. The film shows the hidden costs of cheap energy. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Shell Game. New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten wrote his latest novel, The Shell Game, as a cautionary tale. He felt compelled to warn the American people to start getting the facts regarding oil, specifically what lies ahead when world reserves finally run out. This is a video promoting the book. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Biotechnology And Cellulosic Ethanol. Jim Greenwood, former congressman and president and CEO of Biotechnology Industry Organization, talks about biotechnology and its role in the development of cellulosic ethanol. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Alex Farrell, director of the U.C. Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center, discusses California's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) plan and possible nationwide implementation using it as a model. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Curbing Global Energy Demand Growth: The Energy Productivity Opportunity. Diana Farrell, Director of McKinsey Global Institute, discusses their Institute's new report. Washington, D.C., May 17, 2007. About 27 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Green@Home: Residential Energy Efficiency & Conservation. Acterra's Green@Home volunteer team implements energy efficiency and conservation measures at Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto's home in Palo Alto, California. About 6 minutes. Play Video >>

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