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What will it really take, to transition from oil and coal, to the energies of tomorrow? SWITCH goes where no film has gone before, deep into the world's most restricted energy sites, to ... See full summary »

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What will it really take, to transition from oil and coal, to the energies of tomorrow? SWITCH goes where no film has gone before, deep into the world's most restricted energy sites, to depoliticize competing power sources, make the technical accessible, and discover the truth of our energy future. Test audiences have raved, calling it, 'The most important energy film since An Inconvenient Truth.' Written by Arcos Films

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More like "Bait and Switch"
29 May 2013 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

I just watched Switch at San Juan College, which was hosted by the School of Energy and Four Corners Geological Society, and found it to be very revealing, but not as an honest look at our energy present and future, but just as a propaganda film for the oil and gas industry and nuclear power. It was very slick, very subtle. But it was basically a bait and switch move. So much misinformation. So much left out information. Just breathtaking.

Most of the people of the world do not consume the mass amount of watts of energy per year the narrator assumes as a rule of thumb, based on his own life style. No one who lives on the continent of Africa, for instance,consumes even half as much as he does. For the narrator to use his personal usage as a globe-trotting, giant house living, electronic gadgets using engineer as a rule of thumb for everyone on the planet is just flabbergasting.

To not even consider reducing consumption is irresponsible. To not even address the fallacy that nature is merely a "resource" is sickening.

The crack about solar power being an "unreliable" or "intermittent" energy source almost made me choke. This part of New Mexico enjoys perfect sunny days 95% of the year. That's their idea of unreliable? Intermittent? The film suggests that the Andasol solar power station in Spain is down a significant part of the time due to inclement weather, when in fact it is not. California is building two huge solar gathering power plants in the Mojave. Does CA think solar is unreliable? There are huge parts of the world that get no rainfall EVER. Just one square mile of land receives something like 12 trillion watt-hours per square mile per year! All we need to do is figure out how to harness that!

I could not stomach the narrator's cheer leading in the nuclear power section and had to leave. There are so many reported nuclear power plant-related accidents every year, each one threatening containment, not waiting for a tornado, not needing a tornado to cause trouble. We still have not solved the permanent waste storage problem, no matter what they say.

The cost of coal is much higher than is reported, especially if you also factor in the respiratory illness children suffer in the vicinity of coal-fired power plants, such as the 2 here in the Four Corners.

Just think what will NEVER happen with solar or wind power: another Chernobyl, another Three-Mile Island, another Fukushima, another Exxon Valdez, another Deep Water Horizon, another Exxon Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill (happening right now in Arkansas), an increase in CO2 emissions, artificial earthquakes, periodic estimates about how long it will be until it runs out.


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