Against the Wind

With America Ferrera

Why this story needs to be told

There is a mountain of evidence over here saying it is a real problem and it is going to get worse and worse and worse.

America Ferrera

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Introduction

Renewable energy, once considered too expensive to deploy on a large scale, is making major inroads in the United States. To traditional energy producers, the shift to cleaner energy sources such as wind and solar represents a threat to their interests in the market. Through a network of well-funded political organizations, fossil fuel interests are battling to shut down renewable energy standards in the states.

In Against the Wind, Correspondent America Ferrera profiles prominent climate skeptic James Taylor of the Heartland Institute as he crusades against clean energy, and investigates the battle over the future of renewable energy in the US.

SHOOT LOCATION(S):

Beaumont, KS; Topeka, KS; Denver, CO; Little Rock, Ark; Las Vegas, NV; Manchester, NH; Lancaster, CA, Washington, D.C.; Santa Monica, CA

Meet The Characters

What [wind turbines] represent: the ability to generate electricity without putting carbon in the air. That's always been central point for me you know we're going to run out of oil or coal, we want a hard landing or a soft landing. And I think moving to renewables provides a soft landing for us.

Pete Ferrell, Kansas Rancher and Renewable Energy Supporter

There are hundreds upon hundreds of peer reviewed studies that show that humans are not causing – that global warming is not causing extreme weather events. Don't let anybody tell you differently.

James Taylor, Heartland Institute

Behind The Scenes

Science Behind The Story

Wind farms in Kansas provide enough energy to power over 870,000 American homes.

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