Four Corners - Earth, Wind and Fire

For decades coal-rich Australia has regarded renewable energy as virtuous, but incapable of meeting the needs of a modern economy. But as urgency creeps into the hunt for climate-friendly alternatives can Australia afford to go on downplaying the potential of renewable energy? How much power could we extract from sun, wind and geothermal sources, and at what cost compared with the government’s preferred solutions – nuclear power and "clean" coal? Jonathan Holmes looks to the future – California – to gauge the challenge that faces Australia. Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined hands with Democrat legislators to set some of the world’s most ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse emissions and boosting renewable energy. Can Australia provide enough incentive to attract investment to ambitious solar and geothermal schemes that are still in their infancy? Is Australia in danger of getting left behind?

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Production Year: 
2007
Duration: 
45 mins
Series Episode
Standard $165
Schools $88
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