Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
The winner of the special Sundance prize for documentaries this year was Gasland, by Josh Fox (airing on HBO June 21). It discusses a kind of drilling called hydraulic fracturing and what a bright idea it is...or isn't. Get a load of this trailer for the film, in which this guy is able to light up his faucet.
Sharp increases in pollution, illness, and death are a big price for this gas. Seems like the same story all over: Killing ourselves chasing down the last drop of fossil fuel.
Now, here's the solution. The people of Samso Island in Denmark decided instead to chase every possible non-fossil-fuel solution to the problem. Today, they produce more energy than they need and sell it at a profit. Two very close dots, very easy to connect. If only we could move the greed machine out of the way.