ENERGY SWITCH

NOLA Code:
ENSW 0100 H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
12 / 30
Rights End:
10/2/2025
Producer
Arcos Film & Music LLC
Co-Producer
Switch Energy Alliance
Presenter
KLRU
TV-G
CC
sIX
Stereo
SAP:
Year Produced:
2022
Version:
Base
Energy and climate point-counterpoint talk show,

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Short descriptions

#101 Responding to Climate Change
Climate change is already affecting everyday lives. What are the risks as the globe warms?

#102 Future of Natural Gas
Though gas has low carbon emissions it’s not carbon free. Will the world use more or less?

#103 Solar & Wind Power the World? Part 1
Solar and wind are now cheap new generation, but scaling up 25X is a big challenge.

#104 Solar & Wind Power the World? Part 2
Though solar and wind provide 4% of electricity, proponents say it could make it all.

#105 Is Hydrogen our Energy Future?
Countries are excited about hydrogen as a way to reduce CO2 emissions. Is it the future?

#106 Investing in our Energy Future
Energy transition will cost trillions of dollars. How will we invest in our energy future?

#107 New Geopolitics of Energy
The world is changing - and so is the world of energy. What are the geopolitics of energy?

#108 More Nuclear Power? Part 1
Will expanding nuclear power play a significant role in decarbonizing electricity?

#109 More Nuclear Power? Part 2
Is it time for more nuclear power, in the US and globally?

#110 Making Energy More Sustainable
How do we make energy environmentally, sociopolitically, and economically sustainable?

#111 Policies to Reduce CO2
Reducing emissions will take time and money. How do we pay for CO2 emissions reductions?

#112 Does the US Need Oil & Gas Industry?
Does the US need an oil and gas industry? Should we transition to low carbon energies?

Long descriptions

#101 Responding to Climate Change
Climate change is affecting everyday lives. Record-breaking temperatures, melting ice and more frequent coastal flooding are just some of the intensifying risks communities face as the globe continues to warm.

Dr. Steve Koonin, a former U.S. Secretary of Science, and Dr. Michael Greenstone, Director of the Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago, describe the impacts of climate change.

#102 Future of Natural Gas

Hydraulic fracturing made gas abundant, which made it cheap. This allowed gas to replace coal in our power sector. Though gas has lower carbon emissions, it’s still not carbon free.

Dr. Naomi Boness, Managing Director of the Natural Gas Initiative at Stanford University and Rachel Fakhry, Analyst for the Climate & Clean Air programs at the National Resources Defense Council, discuss.

#103 Solar & Wind Power the World? Part 1
In many countries, solar and wind are now the cheapest new generation to install, though they provide just 4% of global electricity today. Scaling up 25X would be an extraordinary challenge, but they make power without carbon. Could wind and solar one day power the world, or not?

Robert Bryce, a best-selling author, and Leia Guccione, Managing Director of Carbon Free Electricity at RMI, discuss.

#104 Solar & Wind Power the World? Part 2
Renewables make power without carbon, but can they scale up? Solar and wind enjoy favorable public opinion now, but some say that once consumers realize the materials, mining and land use required for such an expansion, public opinion may turn.

Leia Guccione and Robert Bryce continue the conversation about whether or not solar and wind could one day power the world.

#105 Is Hydrogen our Energy Future?
Countries are excited about hydrogen as a way to reduce their CO2 emissions, but costs need to come down and continued technological and manufacturing developments will be required for hydrogen to compete.

Dr. Julio Friedmann, a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and Dr. Steve Hamburg, the Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, discuss.

#106 Investing in our Energy Future
Transitioning the developed world toward lower carbon energies, and the developing world toward having enough energy, are grand and sometimes conflicting challenges. Both will cost trillions of dollars. Where will this money come from?

Deborah Byers, Partner and Americas Industry Leader at EY, and Ken Medlock, the Senior Director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University, discuss.

#107 New Geopolitics of Energy
The world is changing - and so is the world of energy.

Many experts think coal, oil and natural gas will remain our largest global energy sources. Meanwhile, solar and wind become more affordable, encouraging their growth worldwide.

Sec. Ernie Moniz, the 13th United States Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Dan Yergin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, discuss the new geopolitics of energy.

#108 More Nuclear Power? Part 1
Nuclear proponents say we can’t meet climate goals without expanding the fleet and pursuing new nuclear technologies, while opponents say cost and time are the main issues. Will nuclear power play a role in decarbonizing the electricity sector?

Dr. Arjun Makhijani, the President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and Michael Shellenberger, a best-selling author, discuss.


#109 More Nuclear Power? Part 2
If we are to meet decarbonization targets, each nuclear plant could take over a decade to permit and construct, while alternatives could be deployed in a few years.

The conversation continues between Dr. Arjun Makhijani and Michael Shellenberger about whether or not expanding nuclear power will play a significant role in decarbonizing the electricity sector, in the US and globally.

#110 Making Energy More Sustainable
Energy sustainability can be grouped into three areas:

Environmental: can an energy resource operate in equilibrium with the environment? Sociopolitical: do its benefits enrich broad society? Economic: can it operate profitably to support itself.

Dr. Bridget Scanlon, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, and Sean O’Donnell, Partner at Quantum Energy, discuss.

#111 Policies to Reduce CO2
Carbon-based fuels provide more than 80% of global energy. To reduce emissions will take time and money. What are the benefits of a carbon tax? Or would it be more effective to encourage carbon-reducing technologies?

Dr. Billy Pizer, the Vice President of Research and Policy Engagement at Resources for the Future, and Sasha Mackler, the Executive Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center discuss.

#112 Does the US Need Oil & Gas Industry?
The oil and gas industry provides 10 million US jobs and billions to the economy. But investors are fleeing due to CO2 concerns and declining returns. Could a system built on low carbon energies replace the benefits of oil and gas?

Dr. David Victor, a Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at UC San Diego, and Matt Gallagher, former CEO of Parsley Energy, discuss.

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Unlimited
Rights Dates:
10/3/2022 - 10/2/2025
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Sophie Byard
United States

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Gabriella Jones-Litchfield
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