Fri September 28, 2012
BURN: The Power of One Election & America’s Energy Future
Airs Friday 10/5 and 10/12 at 8pm; Thursday 10/11 & 10/18 at Noon on 89.5-1
This year’s election is about power – the power to shape the nation’s domestic and foreign priorities; the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years.
From WNYC radio, a special two-hour edition of BURN, stories about the power of one: how, in this election season, a single person, place, policy or idea can – with a boost from science – affect the nation’s search for greater energy independence.
Hour One: The Power of One Election and America’s Energy Future
President Barack Obama and his opponent, Mitt Romney, share one broad policy goal – greater energy independence for the United States. They differ on how to achieve it. In this hour of BURN, host Alex Chadwick goes to the sometime swing state of Pennsylvania to examine fracking, the politically volatile exploration technology that has made natural gas the single most important element remaking our energy economy. We also go to Michigan, where voters will say yea or nay to wind power – praised by many democrats as a renewable energy source well worth supporting; criticized by many republicans as not viable in the free marketplace.
Hour Two: The Power and Politics of New Energy Frontiers
In the next four years, the United States will have one fundamental energy policy challenge – how to make the country more self-sufficient. Here are stories about the next frontiers of energy development, the fields of exploration that may help the U.S. to produce more energy at home and import less from abroad.