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Energy Solutions

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 17:48
Grade Level: 7-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

"The whole town's gotta go..."

Meet the little village of Atterwasch, Germany, and the folks who live there. Atterwasch is slated for demolition—the whole town, including the church originally built in the 1200s. It's a casualty of Germany's Energiewende, the most ambitious transformation of a country's energy sector ever attempted.

Germany's plan to shut down all their nuclear reactors has had other unintended consequences as well, most notably increased burning of brown coal, the direct cause of Atterwasch's plight.

Join scholar Johan Norberg as he explores the Energiewende, along with other world energy issues like ethanol and fracking, both of which have also had consequences not anticipated—some good, others not so good.

Who chooses our energy solutions? And how can we make better decisions?

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Subject Areas


Science & Technology

U.S. History / Government & Civics

World History / Geography




Property Rights


Unintended Consequences

United States




Fossil Fuels



Goverment Subsidies

Nuclear Power

Renewable Energy

This video was presented in a way that allowed the students to make their own decision on whether alternative fuels should be used and to what extent.

Robert Ordahl
Pascagoula, MS

This DVD created more classroom discussion than any other it video I have shown in class. The exchange about bulldozing the entire town created a rather heated argument. Quite entertaining. Great DVD

Michael Eklund
Petaluma, CA

This video came at an opportune time. My classes are studying alternative energy. This video provided a new twist that required some critical thinking. Thank-you!

Loy Felix
Saint Maries, ID

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