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Power Play

Production year: 2006 | 3x60' | Genres: Current Affairs
Energy is the one drug upon which we are all totally dependent every hour, every day of our lives.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: TV2 AS (Norway)
Original title: Power Play

With contributions from leading scientists, politicians, industrialists, and energy experts around the world, POWER PLAY examines every aspect of the Energy game: the basic raw materials - coal, gas and oil. Where they originate. How we acquire them. Who controls them. How we use them. And, ultimately, how they may have to change in the not-too-distant future.

There are difficult decisions to make.  If we are to make the right ones for posterity’s sake, it is important that we recognise the delicately balanced relationship that the world has with Energy.

 

In pursuit of this POWER PLAY has travelled worldwide: from Paris to Beijing; across the deserts of Arabia and into the heart of Manhattan; visited chic Shanghai fashion shows and the frenzied trading floor of London’s International Petroleum Exchange; gone beneath the perma-frost of Siberia and on to the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic to piece together a fascinating portrait of the world’s most dynamic commodity.

 

In China, a country in the throes of change and extraordinary economic growth, an ever-increasing supply of energy.   

 

But what if every Chinese wants a car, a refrigerator, television, air conditioning, and a ticket to far-away places like the rest of us?   Where will the necessary power supplies come from then?

 

As standards of living improve worldwide, so too does the demand for energy increase.  And yet, one third of the world’s population still has no direct access to electricity.  They simply make do with wood fires in their huts – contributing, like the rest of us, to global warming. 

 

Belatedly, we have come to realize that the excessive use of fossil fuels may be taking the world to the brink of catastrophe.  If global warming is real, them the threat it poses is increasing daily.

 

Something has to change….. and soon.

 

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