Energy Quest USA

2012 ,    »  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 8.56/10 from 48 users.

Americans used to depend on animals for transporting people and cargo from one place to another. Oil from whales was used to illuminate their evenings. Today it's petrol and cars, and enormous amounts of electricity to brighten their cities and support their economy. But one research asserts that Americans spend just six minutes a year thinking about energy.

It's obvious that the American public does not want to think about its energy consumption. The one place Americans focus on energy usage is when they're at the petrol pump.

Global economy makes oil prices increase and collapse in reaction to circumstances beyond American borders and out of their control. They are concerned about how their economy gets hurt, and the only way to properly respond is to take matters into their own hands. In this documentary, we look at how America consumes and exploits energy, and we'll meet enthusiasts who are finding new sustainable resources to conserve energy.

U.S. has had huge success in preservation and energy effectiveness, but the "fifth fuel" is very, very critical for their future. Exploiting that fifth fuel can be as difficult as drilling for fossil fuels. But supplying communities with power in these new sustainable ways also empowers people.

By using clean, sustainable energy we're also helping earth's climate. The Earth's atmosphere is not concerned what people think, the atmosphere cares what people actually do. We pay a visit to five very distinctive communities in America's inland, to find out how they're cultivating new sources of energy, or reducing debris, and why methods like those are very important for all of us.

Occasionally when Americans hear energy, they immediately think about crisis. The point is, it doesn't have to be that way. However, Shirley Jackson, ex-head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and now president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, thinks the United States is actually well-situated.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. johnBas5

    The future is abundant and renewable energy sources:
    Solar + wind primarily.
    The variability and intermittent nature of these renewable sources is solved by storage technology.
    Not batteries but power to gas to produce methane. This methane is then stored and burned for electricity. This allows reuse of a tremendous amount of infrastructure. The current gas storage infrastructure can even store enough to serve as seasonal storage.

    Of course nuclear fusion in the future could become an electricity producer for base load power.

  2. happyMephisto
  3. happyMephisto

    Very nice music,but yet some how sounds familiar.The Band Played on?
    PS-The containment and the safe storage of nuclear waste for thousands of years remains only theoretical.

  4. 1concept1
  5. 1concept1

    I wonder or have recently thought about the oil we take form the Earth - does the removal of oil leave large open gaps causing the Earth to implode in on itself (earth quakes)? Sink holes?

    I saw some where i believe it was here on TDF - that there is an ocean under the Earths crust that is larger than the Pacific ocean -

    considering that if we put Africa in the center of the Pacific ocean one could not see land from anywhere on the African shore line!

  6. bringmeredwine
  7. bringmeredwine

    Good question. In Alberta, there is black sludge called bitumen which is extracted to refine into oil.
    It is so far underground that cyclic steam stimulation is used to heat and loosen it so it can be pumped back out.
    Once it starts bubbling to the surface it cannot be stopped till it runs out.
    It can leach into older wells whose casings have been compromised and cover everything around it with a thick devastating sludge.
    In August 2013, an old well in Cold Lake covered 50 acres of wildlife and had to run it's course.
    The oil industry claims they have solved this "problem".

  8. Richard Neva
  9. Richard Neva

    A guy in area did something to help the gas problem that is keeping a lot of us at home. He had a way to run his internal combustion engine on water. Word got around to the government and they confiscated all his equipment and paper work on how he did it. You see now, the government seeking a new way is all bull. I don't buy documentaries like this!

  10. Maureen Entera
  11. Maureen Entera

    Yeah, the "I know a guy" story. Specifics, please.

  12. a_no_n
  13. a_no_n

    I've spent the last few months engaging with anti-Fracking people in discussion (the posh way to say slinging mud on the internet).

    I've tried discussing with them the possibilities for Fracking to be used in creating Geo Thermal Boreholes but alas i am always ignored.

    My logic being that however you look at it, Fracking is more environmentally and economically benefitial than shipping gas over from Russia, and once the gas is gone we're going to be left with these massive bore holes deep in the earths crust, at just about the right depth for installing Geo-Thermal energy devices that harvest energy in the form of heat and transfer it into power. These would supply constant reliable sources of renewable power.

    Unfortunatly though they can never hear me over the thundering of the wheels on their bandwagon.

    Even the "environmentalists" don't really care, and i use bunnyrabbit ears because i don't really class them as environmentalists...they're not, they don't care about the actual effects on the planet, they just want to be seen protesting because it's cool.

  14. Kellel
  15. Kellel

    There are many energy solutions that are not being fully invested in like LFTR's (liquid fluoride thorium reactors).

  16. awful_truth
  17. awful_truth

    You are absolutely correct. LFTR's would be a great investment, but then again, they don't produce bi-products like plutonium, and god knows, we need more nukes. Sadly, that is why they never took off to begin with, and once the bomb production infrastructure was in place, the wealthy would rather just make money, then invest in something that would be good for everyone!
    P.S: If our governments can throw away billions on a whim, surely they could use the taxpayers money to better effect, don't you think?

  18. pawel76
  19. pawel76

    solar power is the only way

  20. jillzzzz
  21. jillzzzz

    Can never be to educated!

  22. Ed
  23. Ed

    LFTR (in any of its variants) is the way to go for power plants. Solar and wind are ok in a (relatively) few very specific locations that have the climate to make them economically feasible. However, for the most part they are sideshows and distractions.

    The use of LFTR to create methanol to replace diesel while still greatly reducing CO2 levels is also a very attractive proposition.

    And as for the person above who mentions "burning water" I've done and studied the use of Brown's Gas, hydroxy and or fracked hydrogen. Works great, but you simply cannot get past the Conservation of Energy (cannot get more energy out than is put in). In other words, you have to put in too much electricity to electrolyze the water to get the hydrogen in order to do it on any scale. So, unless electricity is free and plentiful (lot's of self-charging batteries in a car) you can't make it a primary fuel source.

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