NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble

NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble


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As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver on his campaign promise to combat global warming, the filmmakers at NOVA take a comprehensive look at California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious, yet controversial, plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions and promote energy efficiency. Known as AB 32 (Assembly Bill No. 32), the 2006 California law aims to rollback carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, while mandating a further eight percent reduction by 2050. No other political entity in the world has set their sites so high, but how will everyday Californians need to alter their lives in order to reach this lofty goal? By speaking with Governor Schwarzenegger, as well as the ordinary citizens and concerned businesspeople, NOVA offers equal time to both supporters and detractors of the plan. Could Governor Schwarzenegger's three-pronged approach to environmental salvation set a new standard in limiting our carbon footprint, as claimed, or will the plan ultimately sink the state's economy by forcing business people to move in order to avoid going bankrupt due to increased energy bills?

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
UPC: 0783421429291
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 0:56:00
Sales rank: 74,430

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators; Access to the NOVA web site; Described video for the visually impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay O. Sanders Narrator
Ed Begley Participant
Bill Nye Participant

Technical Credits
Paula S. Apsell Executive Producer
Michael Bacon Score Composer
Gordon Brown Cinematographer
Michael Chin Cinematographer
John Dutton Score Composer
Bob Elfstrom Cinematographer
David Fairhead Editor
Joseph Friedman Cinematographer
Nathan Hendrie Editor
Tom Kaufman Cinematographer
Larry Klein Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Krajewski Cinematographer
Tom Matin Score Composer
Doug Quade Editor
Cass Sapir Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble
1. Introduction [2:37]
2. The Governator's Bet [7:35]
3. Keeping up With the Neighbors [9:41]
4. Powering the Grid [8:26]
5. Nuclear to the Rescue? [9:58]
6. Taking on the Auto [6:36]
7. A Plug-In Solution [9:11]

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