Dirty Business: Clean Coal and the Battle for Our Energy Future| 1hr : 29mins
Director: Peter Bull | Producer: Center for Investigative Reporting
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: United States
America burns more than a billion tons of coal a year and coal-fired power plants are the single greatest source of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Many of us are not aware that even now, in a world globally connected by the Internet, half our electricity still comes from this dirty, 19th century technology. â€œDirty Businessâ€ investigates the coal lobby's $40 million dollar campaign to convince us that the technology to make coal â€œcleanâ€ already exists. In fact, that technology, called â€œcarbon capture and storage,â€ is not in full commercial operation anywhere in the world, and experts say that may not happen for 15 years or more, and even then may not be economically viable. â€œDirty Businessâ€ is the first major public media project to explain and demystify â€œclean coalâ€ and to explore the extent to which increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar thermal power might make â€œclean coalâ€ unnecessary and uneconomical.