Juice: How Electricity Explains the World
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- Jun 2, 2020 8:53 pm GMT
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In a new documentary author/producer Robert Bryce shows that while electricity availability doesn’t guarantee wealth, its absence almost always means poverty.
"Juice takes viewers to Beirut, Reykjavik, Kolkata, San Juan, Manhattan, and Boulder to tell the human story of electricity and to explain why power equals power.
The defining inequality in the world today is the disparity between the electricity rich and the electricity poor. In fact, there are more than 3 billion people on the planet today who are using less electricity than what’s used by an average American refrigerator.
Electricity is the world’s most important and fastest-growing form of energy. To illuminate its importance, the Juice team traveled 60,000 miles to gather 40 on-camera interviews with people from seven countries on five continents. Juice shows how electricity explains everything from women’s rights and climate change to Bitcoin mining and indoor marijuana production. The punchline of the film is simple: darkness kills human potential. Electricity nourishes it.
Juice explains who has electricity, who’s getting it, and how developing countries all over the world are working to bring their people out of the dark and into the light."
Michaerl Shellenberger, Founder and Director of Environmental Progress:
"If you care about the natural environment, you're not going to create a power plant that requires 150 times more land, per unit of energy, than a nuclear plant. Diablo Canyon sits on 3 football fields of land...you can't desire a more efficient use of land than nuclear power."
Ben Heard, Founder and Executive Director of Bright New World:
"We use what nature's already given us. We've already got energy that's packed into these atoms, and we know how to use it in a controlled way. It's by far and away the most environmental way we can create that stable energy system that we desire."