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Blue Highways #2: Energy Frontiers

From: Eric Mack
Series: Blue Highways
Length: 29:04

This on-the-road magazine special looks at our sources of energy - present and future - beginning with our Virginia producer who traces her household electricity to its source, a mountaintop removal coal mining operation. Then we head to Alaska to look at two controversial projects - a proposed miniature nuclear power plant and a land swap that some call the 'back-door to ANWR.' Finally, it's off to southern New Mexico to visit the fully-off grid and nearly fossil fuel free Funky Butte Ranch.

Logo2_small This half-hour features stories from the future of energy in America, from off-grid adventures in New Mexico to proposals for more drilling and a nuclear reactor in Alaska that are meeting opposition. We start with one producer's quest to trace the electricity that powers her Virginia home back to its source, which happens to be a mountaintop removal coal mine. Lydia Wilson looks at the true costs of mining in Appalachia. Then we head North to Alaska to visit two tiny remote villages that could play a big role in the country's energy future ? something that has many of the locals pretty upset. Finally, author Doug Fine gives Eric a tour of the Funky Butte Ranch, his off-grid home, and talks about his quest to break free from fossil fuels. For more information on Blue Highways, visit bluehighwaysradio.org or write drive@bluehighwaysradio.org.

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Piece Description

This half-hour features stories from the future of energy in America, from off-grid adventures in New Mexico to proposals for more drilling and a nuclear reactor in Alaska that are meeting opposition. We start with one producer's quest to trace the electricity that powers her Virginia home back to its source, which happens to be a mountaintop removal coal mine. Lydia Wilson looks at the true costs of mining in Appalachia. Then we head North to Alaska to visit two tiny remote villages that could play a big role in the country's energy future ? something that has many of the locals pretty upset. Finally, author Doug Fine gives Eric a tour of the Funky Butte Ranch, his off-grid home, and talks about his quest to break free from fossil fuels. For more information on Blue Highways, visit bluehighwaysradio.org or write drive@bluehighwaysradio.org.

Broadcast History

Sprouts / Pacifica Network - June/08
KUNM-Albuquerque - May/08

Related Website

bluehighwaysradio.org