The Big Energy Gamble

The other night I was watching a TV program on PBS NOVA “The Big Energy Gamble”. I enjoyed all aspects of the show. They covered every angle and view from the skeptics to the experts on living green.

They shared about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases, the legislation, also known as AB 32, aims to substantially cut the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions and to promote the use of renewable energy.

Marlo Lewis, Jr., a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is on the other side. He believes that we are making a very big gamble with California’s economic future with Californias law AB 32. He believes energy prices will go up and that you will begin to see Job Flight and Capital Fight from California.

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ed Begley, Jr. are both known for their environmentally friendly ways of everyday living. They shared ways that they cared for the environment, from solar boosted hot water system, low water-use garden, bicycle riding, and living in energy efficient homes. And one of California’s largest companies, Google, in 2007 installed solar canopies on its parking lots to satisfy 30 percent of its headquarters’ power demand. Providing shade to the parked cars and clean power enough for 1,000 homes.

Physicist Steven Chu believes that if we continue to put CO2 back into the atmosphere the way we’re doing, I think there’s a high probability that some very tragic things might happen. We are looking towards increased water shortages around the world, a decrease in the agricultural productivity in many places, especially, most critically, in the developing countries of the world. The wonderful thing about California is that the entire state is engaged in the climate-change problem. Both sides of the aisle, the Republicans and the Democrats, know there’s a problem. They’re willing to invest resources.

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Environment and Energy Correspondent for The Economist, thinks that California can lead the way for the rest of the country when it comes to energy issues. On the one hand, this is where Chevron, one of the great oil companies, is housed. But at the same time, it’s the most energy-efficient state. It is truly progressive when it comes to clean-energy technology, including the clean cars of the future. They really are coming up with American solutions to the problems that they helped create.

This truly was enlightening. You can read the full article or watch the video online. It also is split up into 6 chapters, choose the one you want to watch or watch all 6. Very informative program. Click here to watch online.

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