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 >>

New Energy For A New Era. Presentation by Denis Hayes. Hayes discusses the history and importance of Earth Day as a coordinated effort to affect societal awareness of global warming. At Harvard University's Institute of Politics. Segment begins at about 9 minutes into the video. About 21 minutes. Play Video >> More about Denis Hayes >>

On U.S. Oil Addiction. TV interview with Terry Tamminen. Explains how the effects of rising oil prices are reflected throughout the economy and affecting the behavior of both people and business. About 9 minutes. Play Video >> More about Terry Tamminen >>

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.

Introduction to WIREC 2008 On Status of Renewables. The president of ACORE (American Council On Renewable Energy) introduces the 2008 Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC). About 9 minutes. Play Video >>

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 >>

"" Free Heat For Life: Learn The Fundamentals Of Affordable Passive Solar Design. Presentation by Dan Chiras. Author and green building consultant, Chiras details the good, the bad, and the ugly of designing great homes to use passive solar energy. About 53 minutes. Play Video >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" 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 >>

"" Re-Energizing America: Rescuing America From Its Costly Fuel Addiction. Presentation by Dan Chiras. Chiras talks about our addiction to oil and resultant problems, including global warming, rising fuel costs, war and conflict. He goes on to emphasize the importance of energy efficiency, conservation, solar, and wind power. About 55 minutes. Play Video >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" 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 >>

"" A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash. The trailer for a documentary (buy full documentary DVD here) that argues that cheap oil is a thing of the past, and that our oil addiction and imminent peak oil production are sending us into a massive economic and political crisis. Includes interviews with energy experts, rare archival footage, and global coverage from Azerbaijan to Texas. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Benefits Of Energy Efficiency Credits. Gerrit Reinders, Director of Sustainable Energy Solutions at Johnson Controls, provides a brief definition of sustainability and discusses the benefits of energy efficiency credits. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

"" China: Forcing The World To Rethink Its Economic Future. Presentation by Lester Brown. Brown discusses ways to restructure the global economy so that it can sustain economic progress through renewable energy, the reuse and recycling of materials, and a diverse transport system. About 52 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Peak Oil And Sustainable Alternatives. Colin Campbell, a petroleum geologist, discusses peak oil and more sustainable energy alternatives for the future. About 6 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Converting Wave Energy Into Electricity. Business Development Director of Ocean Power Delivery, Max Carcas talks about the technology they are developing to convert wave energy into electricity. About 60 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Stormy Weather. Futurist and sustainable communities consultant Guy Dauncey discusses his book, Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions To Global Climate Change. He talks about the climate crisis that we face and the elements of conservation, efficiency, proven technologies, and emerging innovations that will take us through this critical planetary energy transition. About 28 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Future Of Renewable Energy. Online interview with Mike Eckhart. President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), Eckhart discusses the future of renewable energy. About 3 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 >>

"" Electronics on Plastic: A Solution to the Energy Challenge, or a Pipe Dream? Dr. Stephen R. Forrest of the University of Michigan discusses the potential for using carbon based organic materials for solar power generation and lighting. About 84 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Not Your Parent's Energy Crisis. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman shares his thoughts on "why this is not your parent's energy crisis" and why we need to redefine the term green. About 20 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Introduction To Photovoltaics Environmental Health And Safety. Dr. Vasilis Fthenakis, a scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, gives an introduction to photovoltaics and then discusses the environmental health and safety factors associated with them. About 70 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Proactive Localism. Interview with Bill McKibben discussing why he believes it is in our best interests to move proactively toward stronger, more self-sufficient local communities now. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Drilling The Amazon. What happens beyond the gas pump? Many consumers aren't fully aware of the significant political, environmental and social consequences of our dependence on oil. About 5 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 >>

"" GREENHOUSE: Solar Panels. Mark DeCarlo is producing a TV and web series called GREENHOUSE. In it, he rebuilds his house from the ground up using green technology. This clip features solar panel installation and defines the term carbon footprint. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

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