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“A responsible future requires a balance of energies” – Switch

February 28, 2014 - What does the future of energy really hold? Join Dr. Scott Tinker as he explores the world’s leading energy sites—from coal to solar, oil to biofuels and more—and chats with government, industry and academia in an effort to cut through the confusion and discover the path to our energy future.


February 28, 2014
By Anthony Capkun

“While many other energy films set out with an agenda, then advocate for one energy type or another, Switch is different,” explained Tinker. “It’s based on practical, realistic evidence from the field—and the many other experts we interview! Its controversy is in its balance and candor. In that respect, there is no other energy film like this.”

Tinker went on to explain that “Every energy source has pros and cons, benefits and challenges. We wanted to present those as fairly as possible so viewers could understand what roles the different resources play and how they fit together, today and in the future. A responsible future requires a balance of energies. There are no silver bullets.”

“Efficiency is easily the most important learning of the entire project,” added Harry Lynch, Switch’s director, co-producer and co-writer. “We do many things, purely for cultural reasons, that make no economic sense. Whereas efficiency makes great economic sense! If we can create a culture that places value on energy efficiency, we will see huge gains.”

The film is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-prong effort designed to build a balanced understanding of energy. While the film is 98 minutes long, the website holds more than five hours of edited video, with more content to come. Visit the website to learn more about the project and the film, including local screenings and how to host one.