BURN: The Power of One

BURN: The Power of One

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Alex Chadwick

The upcoming November general election is about power — the power to shape the nation’s priorities domestic and foreign, the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues politicians will debate in the election run-up. It is the “power of one” — whether one man or woman, one event, one idea, one election. BURN: The Power of One, airing Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2,embraces this idea. All of the stories featured during this two-hour special illustrate ways that the “power of one” affects energy policy, with a focus on the science behind these energy issues, and that these stories will play out on the stage of November's general election.

Guided by host Alex Chadwick, BURN explores offshore drilling in the Arctic; follows a ballot initiative in Michigan, possibly setting a new lead in renewable energy standards; and shares the story of the now defunct White House Office on Energy and Climate. Alex partners with National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson who has been documenting fracking for natural gas; follows a garage tinkerer working on designing a very, very fast green electric car; and explores the critical storage of power, talking to a chemist who is at the leading edge of the great battery race.