Friday, November 14, 2008

Fifth Estate: The Gospel of Green

The Fifth Estate aired the "Gospel of Green" on Wednesday. It will be showing again on Sunday, November 16 at 11:00 p.m. on CBC. I haven't seen it yet but I've heard that it it is excellent. You can also view it online.

Here's a synopsis.

As the world confronts the reality of global warming and the inevitable end of oil, the questions of what to do and how to sustain energy without oil or fossil fuels becomes more urgent. Bob McKeown and a fifth estate team travel to Germany to meet Hermann Scheer, called "Europe's Al Gore," a parliamentarian who is leading the way to increase Germany's reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power. To date, 15% of Germany's energy comes from renewable sources. Scheer estimates that if Germany continues on this course, by 2030 that will be 100%. So, if one of the world major industrialized nations can achieve this, why can't a country like Canada? The answer may lie in the fifth estate's investigation of the influence, in this country, of conventional energy industry on politicians.
You mean the energy industry has influence over Canadian politicians? I'm shocked. Totally shocked.

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