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Harnessing the Sun (1980)

A Docudrama, "Harnessing The Sun" explores the applications and developments in utilizing Solar Energy to benefit mankind, and the planet Earth. Academy Award Nominee ("Only When I Laugh") ... See full summary »

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Steven J. Strong
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Lynn Northrup Jr.
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Floyd Blake
John F. Long
Barbara Euser
David L. Collins
Richard L. Burns
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A Docudrama, "Harnessing The Sun" explores the applications and developments in utilizing Solar Energy to benefit mankind, and the planet Earth. Academy Award Nominee ("Only When I Laugh") Joan Hackett, and an expert cast, reveal the unique and increasingly important uses of Solar Energy. An outgrowth of Writer/Director Dirk Summers' Award winning "Survival of Spaceship Earth," "Harnessing The Sun" explores the nine categories of Solar Energy: Active; Passive; Wind Power; Biomas; Photovoltaics; OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion); Hydropower; Satellite Power Systems; and Thermal. And as Joan Hackett says in her closing scene of "Harnessing The Sun," "We must embrace the sun. To ignore it is to commit planetary suicide." Written by Jacqueline Green

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This amazing film shows what we must do to be Energy Independent.
5 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This outstanding film details the Energy problems facing Mankind--- and their solutions-- and it did so in 1980. It is truly remarkable to view the "paths not taken" by the U.S. government and others, twenty plus years ago. "Harnessing The Sun" is more timely today than when it was first released. It should be required viewing for every American and people everywhere. The solutions and answers to our current Energy Crisis are easily available, but as with most everything in life, it requires knowledge and an understanding of the problem and how we 'got there.' "Harnessing The Sun" says and shows it all, beautifully.


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