Treasures of the Earth: Power

Drill underground to see the treasures that power our world—today and into the future. Airing November 16, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired November 16, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

Drill down to discover the treasures beneath our feet that power our world. Fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–powered the industrial revolution and allowed us to build a way of life that many cherish today. Personal cars, planes, lights, hot showers–all of these are gifts from our fossil fuels… but they have a dirty dark side in that they are polluting the planet. What is it about these natural resources that has allowed them to fuel our civilization? What secrets are locked in their molecules? Where did that energy come from, and can we find alternative energy resources that come in a cleaner form? The hunt is on for new treasures that might allow us to power our modern way of life without damaging the environment. Join NOVA as we explore the resources that both power and pollute, from modern-day oil prospecting in California, to a mega-city utility company struggling to keep the lights on during hot summer days, to China where an engineer strives to solve one of the greatest obstacles to the success of solar power. Travel the globe to see how our energy treasures are changing—and if they can keep the lights on.

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WRITTEN, PRODUCED, AND DIRECTED BY
Doug Hamilton
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Kate Dart
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Avner Tavori
Jackie Gao
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Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Farmers Insurance, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the George D. Smith Fund and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Image credit: (Ravenswood Power Plant)
© Doug Hamilton

Participants

Paul Ekins
University College London
Zhiqiang Feng
Trina Solar
Janice Gillespie
California State University, Bakersfield
Liz Hajek
Penn State University
Robert Hazen
Deep Carbon Observatory
John Holdren
White House Office of Sci & Tech Policy
Craig Ivey
Con Edison
Hanmin Liu
Zhangbei Battery Storage Project
Rabi Musah
University at Albany, SUNY
Thomas Quartuccio
Ravenswood Generating Station
Andrea Sella
University College London
Dwight Williams
Ravenswood Generating Station
Taylor Wilson
University of Nevada

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