LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With the Presidential Election only five days away and the candidates once again debating every aspect of America's current and future energy policy, BURN: An Energy Journal's Election Special continues to draw public attention with its in-depth, "human-scale" coverage of the big energy questions and its insightful political analysis of President Obama's and Governor Romney's conflicting energy platforms and policy priorities. While the two-hour documentary – produced by Peabody Award-winning SoundVision Productions © – continues to be broadcast on public radio stations across the country (check your local listings), all of its stories and photographic features also are available on the website – BURN: An Energy Journal.
On Friday, Nov 2, Host Alex Chadwick will offer his personal views on energy issues in "Reporter's Notebook," a regular feature of of the nationally broadcast To the Point with Warren Olney, co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International. Check your local listings.
While the two-part Election Special has been broadcast across country in recent weeks, several major public radio stations and state networks have scheduled one or both hours to be aired in the next few days prior to Election Day on November 6. Check your local listings for broadcast times:
Boston - WBUR
Cleveland - WCPN
Denver and other Colorado cities – KCFR
Los Angeles – KCRW
Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania cities – WHYY
One of the most popular segments of the special is a five-minute analysis of the Presidential candidates' energy platforms and policy priorities by Chadwick and former NPR National Political Correspondent Elizabeth Arnold. It is one of the most succinct and insightful evaluations of its kind in the media. Listen to Chadwick and Arnold HERE.
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"Energy and climate are such big stories – there is a reason that both campaigns often talk about the economy, jobs and energy all tied together," explains Chadwick, who hosted the first two BURN specials earlier this year. "It's easy to get overwhelmed by how big these topics are. What BURN tries to do is tell smaller stories that provide insight into how people's lives are changed by the energy choices they and others around them make. This special is about how individuals can make a difference, even in something so globally immense as energy."
BURN: An Energy Journal's Election Special features these stories:
> Once it was oil, now it's natural gas that fires up hopes for energy self-sufficiency in America. Much of this fossil fuel is found in Pennsylvania, in an underground geologic repository called the Marcellus Shale. Extraction involves a politically volatile technology called hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking." Alex Chadwick draws out the stories of a handful of Pennsylvanians whose lives have been jolted, for better or worse, by the rush on natural gas. Alex's reporting is supplemented online by powerful photographs taken by National Geographic photographer and Pennsylvania resident Lynn Johnson.
> The oil-rich Arctic Ocean is in the crosshairs of the search for new energy reserves. Billion-dollar-exploration scenarios are playing out across the circumpolar North — in Russia, Norway, Greenland and in the U.S. In Alaska, it's happening right now, with the Obama administration's election year blessing. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic holds about 22 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and natural gas resources. The Alaska reserves are potentially so large that, once tapped, the bounty could mean an unprecedented level of energy resources for the United States. BURN reporter Elizabeth Arnold takes listeners to the far north — two hundred miles above the Arctic Circle to the top of Alaska, where Inupiaq (Native Alaskan) Eskimos are torn between the benefits of new oil development and the risks Arctic oil will pose to their thousand-year-old whaling culture.
> Wind, solar, electric cars - all have a toehold in the American energy mix, but there's one technical dilemma holding them back: batteries. There's an international race on to build a better battery. The people in that race will not only shift our energy future, they stand to make a lot of money. Amy Prieto, a chemist at Colorado State, has formulated a cell-phone-sized prototype that recharges in five minutes, discharges slowly, can last for years and is manufactured using water instead of toxic chemicals. Chadwick visits Prieto and her team to learn just what the "Prieto Battery" is all about.
> President Obama likes wind turbines. Mitt Romney, not so much. But on November 6 voters in Michigan will decide for themselves. BURN's reporter for this story is veteran public radio producer Scott Carrier.
> Chadwick also talks with Carol Browner, former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and ex-administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, about why energy/climate legislation is harder to pass than health care. He interviews an eccentric inventor and race car enthusiast in Venice, California, who is constructing a super-fast, green car – with an electric engine capable of going from zero-to-60 mph in three seconds. Finally, the Election Special host speaks with a former Energy Department scientist who spearheaded an all-out government offensive in search of game-changing energy technologies.
BURN: An Energy Journal is produced by SoundVision Productions in partnership with APM's Marketplace with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The BURN radio specials are distributed by American Public Media.
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