Aired Tuesday January 20th, 2009 at 7:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
On Tuesday, January 20, NOVA takes a look at everything California is doing, from energy conservation and efficiency to the development of new sources of carbon-free power, to find out how the rest of the country can join in the aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is betting on green. He wants to roll California's greenhouse gas emissions back to their 1990 levels, and he's promising Californians that their lifestyles - and their pocketbooks - won't feel the pinch. But is Schwarzenegger gambling with his state's economy?
With help from eco-celebrities like Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Nye "The Science Guy," NOVA examines California's aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future. From San Francisco's Luscious Garage, where mechanics create custom plug-in hybrids for customers like Google, to the Tehachapi Valley, where thousands of wind turbines are spinning out electricity, NOVA visits the places where green energy is already becoming a reality. Yet some critics fear that, as the nation struggles through an economic meltdown, the state's new policies are inviting dire consequences. Will California be a role model for the rest of the country or a cautionary tale?
Don't miss NOVA's "The Big Energy Gamble," airing Tuesday, January 20, at 7 p.m., on KUED-Channel 7.
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