Monday, September 20, 2010

Houston, We Have a Problem explores oil industry and clean energy challenges

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 1:26 PM

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  • Nicole Torre
Nicole Torre first traveled to Houston years ago to research a project about the energy capital's socialites. While there the filmmaker met an oil baron with an unexpected interest — renewable energy.

The chance encounter motivated Torre to examine the subject of clean energy — and investigate what's stopping an oil-dependent country like the United States from becoming a renewable energy leader.

On Wednesday evening, Southface, a local nonprofit that advocates green building and energy conservation, will screen Torre's film Houston, We Have a Problem at the Woodruff Arts Center's Hill Auditorium.

From the press release about the screening:

“Houston, We Have a Problem” traces the history of oil drilling in America, and shows how the country came to rely on foreign oil. It also reviews Congress' longstanding and empty promises to develop alternative energy sources, and looks at U.S. energy policy from a strategic perspective, noting its historic focus on profit, politics and party lines.

However, a new form of “wildcatting” in alternative energies is just now beginning to change the oil industry and the country. “Houston, We Have a Problem” also brings both sides of the energy business together, seeking solutions, and making it clear that we must embrace all forms of renewable energy to sustain the planet and ourselves.

Torre will join Southface Executive Director Dennis Creech and energy and climate policy expert Dr. Marilyn Brown of Georgia Tech after the screening to discuss the Southeast's clean energy options.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door, or $5 for Southface members who register online in advance. The trailer for the film, which includes interviews with congressmen and energy industry bigwigs, is embedded after the jump.

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