Segments in this Video

Clean Energy: Carbon Dioxide Concentration (03:04)


America Ferrera and NRG CEO David Crane discuss carbon emissions. Ferrera meets with experts to discuss renewable energy; she questions America's position.

Clean Energy: Natural Gas (01:50)

President Obama addresses the nation in support of natural gas. Mark Bittman questions natural gas a solution to energy and climate woes.

Series Intro & Credits: Years of Living Dangerously (01:46)

Excerpts from the upcoming video orient the viewer to the topic of climate change.

Wind Energy: Beaumont, Kansas (03:09)

Ferrera meets rancher, Pete Farrell. Turbines saved Farrell's ranch when a three year drought struck. Ferrell's grandfather built his house in 1888.

Renewable Energy Standards: Kansas (01:20)

Kansas passed a law requiring that 20% of all electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. In 2012, wind and solar energy grew faster than any other source in the U.S. Gov. Brownback supports clean energy.

Climate Change is Not a Crisis? (02:14)

James Taylor travels across the U.S. to shut down any government efforts to promote renewables. He testifies that renewable power is more expensive than conventional and natural gas is an emissions-free power source.

Fracking: Fort Lupton, Colorado (02:24)

Mayor Tommy Holton discusses natural gas as a clean alternative to coal and oil and its impact on his community. Across the U.S., more than 35,000 new wells are dug each year.

Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, Colorado (02:41)

Natural gas produces half as much carbon dioxide as coal. In 2008, Gabby Patrone discovered high methane levels in the atmosphere; methane leaks from natural gas wells.

American Legislative Exchange Council (01:32)

Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Taylor works with ALEC to repeal renewable energy laws across the U.S. Ferrera explains the legal process and major ALEC bills that became laws.

Energy Legislation: Topeka, Kansas (02:19)

Taylor claims many states are on the verge of repealing renewable power mandates. He meets with legislators, including Dennis Hedke, to discuss a bill based on his Electricity Freedom Act.

Methane: Ithaca, New York (03:52)

Cornell University scientist Tony Ingraffea discusses what happens to natural gas when it leaks into the air and how much is leaking from fracking sites across the U.S.

Energy Sources at the State Level (02:24)

Kimberly Svaty discusses renewable energy costs in Kansas. Wind and solar energy costs dropped 50% from 2008-2012; wind generated millions for land owners, billions in investment, and 12,000 new jobs.

Heartland Institute Event: Denver, Colorado (02:01)

At a hydraulic fracturing conference, Taylor denies human impact on climate change. The IPCC comprehensive report claims otherwise.

Southwestern Energy: Conway, Arkansas (02:31)

Top executive Mark Boling refutes Ingraffea's report on the amount of natural gas leaked into the air. Learn about green completions. The EPA rates methane leaks at 1.5%.

Emission Inventories: Washington, D.C. (02:10)

Former EPA official John Bosch explains how the EPA arrives at methane leak rate estimates.

Behind Heartland Institute (04:18)

Lisa Graves and Brendan DeMelle discuss the Heartland Institute's public position history and its funding sources. DeMelle describes James Taylor.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Colorado (01:25)

Patrone discusses the information she gathered on natural gas leaks across the Denver Basin and industry response.

Natural Gas and Oil Wells: Vernal, Utah (02:12)

Picarro scientists measure methane emissions in the Uintah Basin; they find leaks everywhere.

Climate Crisis: Manhattan, New York (04:47)

Taylor discusses his position on climate change, the Heartland Institute's supporters, why renewable energy is bad, and his science qualifications; he references the Oregon Petition.

Methane Emissions (02:57)

Experts discuss the leak rates in the Uintah Basin, the Los Angeles Basin, and the Colorado Basin.

Methane Emissions Problem (02:33)

Experts consider how to fix the emissions problem. Scientists measure methane leaks in Washington, DC; they find thousands.

Final Voting Session: House Energy and Environment Committee (03:35)

Legislators vote on the bill that could dismantle Kansas' clean energy law. Farrell and Ferrera walk his wind farm. In 2013, no state voted to repeal their renewable energy laws; Taylor plans to continue fighting.

Credits: The Winds of Change: Years of Living Dangerously (01:07)

Credits: The Winds of Change: Years of Living Dangerously

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In episode six of the series “Years of Living Dangerously”, America Ferrera profiles prominent climate skeptic James Taylor of the Heartland Institute as he crusades against clean energy, and investigates the battle over the future of renewable energy in the US. New York Times columnist Mark Bittman returns to conduct a yearlong investigation into natural gas, which has been touted as “America’s energy source” and a way towards a cleaner, greener future. Is it true?

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL60765

ISBN: 978-1-60057-627-0

Copyright date: ©2014

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