Kansas IPL is pleased to announce that, thanks to a grant from the National Council of Churches to our sponsoring organization, Ecumenical Campus Ministries at the University of Kansas, we will be showing the film DIRTY BUSINESS: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for Our Energy Future at various locations around the state this summer and fall.
Can coal ever really be made “clean”? If we were to try to wean ourselves off coal, how would we keep the lights on? Is renewable energy ready for prime time? Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, DIRTY BUSINESS seeks answers in a series of stories: citizens fighting to build a solar power plant instead of a new coal plant in Nevada; a Kansas cowboy saving his cattle ranch with wind power; doctors tabulating the true cost of coal pollution in the damaged health of newborns in China, where a new coal plant goes up every week; innovators making a southern Rust Belt factory so energy efficient that it will steal jobs back from China.
DIRTY BUSINESS is the first major public media project to explain and demystify “clean coal” and to explore the extent to which increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar thermal power might make “clean coal” unnecessary and uneconomical.
“The best and most comprehensive look at global dependence on coal, and explores some promising alternatives…wind, solar thermal, increased energy efficiency through recycling ‘waste heat’–which makes this a valuable resource for science as well as social studies classes…Dirty Business is a fine and lively overview of a complicated issue.” – Rethinking Schools
Scheduled Dates so far:
Tuesday, August 21, 6:30 pm
Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village
Wednesday, October 10, 6:45 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence
Sunday, October 14, 4:00 pm
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Salina
Monday, October 22, 6:30 pm
Manhattan Public Library, Manhattan
Sunday, October 28, 7:00 pm
University UMC, Wichita
A screenings will also be scheduled in Topeka.