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Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America by Jeff Barrie is the best energy film on the market. No wonder this independent documentary has spawned a nationwide movement to conserve energy. In fact, one of the central thesis of the film is that the best possible energy choice is the conservation of energy. A brilliant, humorous, extremely accessible energy film. The film opens with Barrie explaining that he wanted to discover solutions to the energy crisis starting in his own home. He demonstrates how even the most modest of home can conserve energy. He asks, “If we had a better option for energy, what would we choose?” Most people would respond that green energy is the best solution, but in fact North Americans can do a lot to stop wasting energy right now. Conserving energy can be implemented a lot quicker and more cheaply than switching to any clean energy alternatives. Kilowatt Ours follows the electricity from the wall to the mountains being excavated for coal. He interviews activist Larry Gibson from the Appalachian Mountains who explains just how incredibly unviable coal is for an energy option. “You need to move 24 million tons of earth to get 20 million tons of coal,” he explains. Another local activist explains that each day more than 20,000 tons of explosives are detonated to get at the coal in the Appalachian Mountains. In the USA, more than 450 mountains have been destroyed to mine coal. Coal is an important part of the American energy story considering that more than half of the electricity in America comes from coal-fired power plants. One-kilowatt hour of electricity requires one pound of coal. Kilowatt Ours covers a lot of basic energy information that most people are unfamiliar with. For example, the average American home uses more than 900-kilowatt hours of energy per month. Which translates into the average American home using about five tons of coal per year. In total, the country uses more than one billion tons of coal each year and coal fired power plants remain the largest source of carbon emissions in America. After explaining energy basics, including a good overview of climate change, Kilowatt Ours focuses on solutions. One of the solutions to the energy crisis that is often proposed is nuclear power. However, nuclear power is neither economically nor financially viable. If you consider that there is still no safe and permanent disposal solution for the highly radioactive reactor waste and voluminous quantities of lower level contaminated waste. The
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USA is currently proposing to build a $60 billion dollar facility for storing nuclear waste in the Yucca Mountains in Nevada. This is only temporary storage for the lethal nuclear waste
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This note was uploaded on 07/07/2011 for the course ENSP 200 taught by Professor Coates during the Spring '09 term at Clemson.

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