Not-So-Environmental Movie Review: Switch

Two days ago, Taylor and I watched a frustrating un-environmental film called “Switch” (trailer) that explores alternative energy sources.

The film follows Texas geology professor Dr. Scott Tinker on a quest around the world to find practical solutions to our energy problems.  He explores every major source of energy, including hydro, coal, oil, biofuels, wind, solar, and nuclear and judges how economically practical they are.  Tinker interviews experts on each energy type, and tries to show how our current power sources logistically and technically operate.  We see a variety of energy machinery and infrastructure, from a Shell oil rig in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico to a bubbling geothermal power plant in Iceland.  The film turns shortly thereafter into a “natural gas and fracking are awesome” show, and cuts to a clip of Tinker lecturing a class on how alternative energy technologies need at least another fifty years of development before they can supplant fossil fuels.  In the meantime, he calls for increased natural gas and nuclear energy production.  Continue reading

Thinking Outside the Bottle: Tapped the Movie

A few days ago Taylor and I decided to watch the movie Tapped after seeing it posted by fellow green bloggers here.

Only about an hour long (and on netflix!), it covered a massive amount of information on basically everything wrong with plastic, from the bottled water industry to the harmful chemicals in every plastic container you eat or drink out of to the way the chemical industry is destroying everything and everybody to make a few bucks. Continue reading