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Powering the Planet

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 4:17pm -- WCVE

Take an eye-opening look at some of the world’s most important case studies in energy policy. Learn how great nations and small communities are finding sustainable solutions that provide for people and protect the planet.

Geologist Richard Alley examines countries that are moving toward renewable energy sources. In Spain and Morocco, large-scale solar farms and individual photovoltaic panels atop tents in the Sahara are beginning to bring the vast potential of the sun down to Earth.

In Brazil, abundant natural resources — sun, rain and sugar cane — are transformed into efficient, sustainable biofuel, making Brazil the only nation whose cars could run normally if gasoline were to vanish.

In Samsø, Denmark, and in West Texas, citizens have taken sustainability — and economic realities — into their own hands by becoming stakeholders in wind turbines.

In China, a full-throttle approach to multiple sustainable energy technologies is giving rise to a “new empire of clean tech.”

What about America? One energy insider predicts an “energy abyss” if smart decisions aren’t made.

Learn how great nations and small communities are finding sustainable solutions that provide for people and protect the planet.

Tune in Wednesday, August 15 at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

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