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Documentary looks at future of energy in U.S.

staff report • Mar 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future?

Get the straight answers to today’s most important energy questions in “Switch,” the acclaimed new documentary and web video series.

In “Switch,” energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film.

He seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

“Switch” will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 102 at Emory & Henry College.

“Switch” is being screened at 250 universities across the country as part of the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, which also includes a campus ambassador program and efficiency drive.

“Switch” and the GSA program are part of the Switch Energy Project (www.switchenergyproject.com), a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

The project was created by Arcos Films, directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and co-produced with energy expert Dr. Scott Tinker. It also includes a continually expanding website of 300 videos on the energy topics that drive our world; an education program of videos and curricula co-developed with NEED.org and the American Geological Institute; and eventually a broadcast/webcast series to discover solutions to our most pressing energy challenges.

Tinker has been exploring energy for 30 years. His passion is bringing government, industry and academia together to solve some of the world’s toughest energy challenges. He is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the state geologist of Texas, a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and the acting associate dean of research at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.

For 17 years, Lynch has been a documentary director, producer, writer, cinematographer and soundtrack producer, whose films include “Switch,” “Unconventional,” “Recapturing Cuba,” “Ride Around the World” and “Making the Modern.” He is the co-founder of Trinity Films and the founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company focused on building a practical understanding of today’s most pressing social issues.

For more information, visit www.switchenergyproject.com

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