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Friday, May 28 • 10:00am - 11:25am
Dirty Business

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DIRTY BUSINESS: 'CLEAN COAL' AND THE BATTLE FOR OUR ENERGY FUTURE is a documentary that reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative future powered by green energy. In the Digital Age, half our electricity still comes from coal, and guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to be so dependent upon a nineteenth century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases.Can coal ever be made really 'clean'? Is renewable energy ready for prime time? Goodell seeks answers in a series of stories: citizens fighting to build a solar power plant instead of a new coal plant in Nevada; a Kansas cowboy saving his cattle ranch with wind power; doctors tabulating the true cost of coal pollution in the damaged health of newborns in China, where a new coal plant goes up every week; innovators making a southern Rust Belt factory so energy efficient that it will steal jobs back from China.DIRTY BUSINESS details the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, and coal boss Don Blankenship defends the practice. The industry's $40 million 'clean coal' campaign promotes an unproven technology that would entail mining ever more coal - and more environmental destruction. The film asks: can we rethink the way we produce and consume energy - and summon the political will to do it - in time to avert environmental disaster?

Friday May 28, 2010 10:00am - 11:25am

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