This nifty little video affirms three things: Yes, we need energy. No, changing how we get it won't always be easy. And hey, we're already doing it in some ways, with a lot of hope on the near horizon.
It's one of several items produced by student journalists for "Powering a Nation," part of a project called News21 that's designed to train a new generation of the Fourth Estate to create great multimedia journalism. The students explore how fossil fuels power our nation's food supply, detail the ways that different families consume energy (and what they think about it), chart the fragile condition of the nation's power grid, and more.
The student journalists also report on promising solutions, from religious communities that are embracing energy reform activism, to the promises and problems of next-generation biofuels, to the way that wind power is re-energizing a fading Texas town.
All this, and we haven't even mentioned the problems of human-propelled climate change, mountaintop removal mining, or fine particulate pollutants that clog our hearts and lungs -- all results of humanity's seemingly unending thirst for fossil fuels.
So it hardly seems radical to re-consider what the future of energy in America looks like and how urgently we're working to get there.
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