Energy powers our world. Without it where would we be? Despite its importance, in general the public faces extreme positions and polarizing debates that make it difficult to get a balanced and well-informed view.
Education is the key to learning about energy and what it means for the future of our nation, and Gregory Kallenberg and the creators of the acclaimed documentary “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future,” is now debuting the “Rational Middle Energy Series.” The “Rational Middle Energy Series” is a series of short films about energy and its future. Shell Oil Company is sponsoring the series.
According to Kallenberg the need for balanced discussion about energy prompted his desire to make the films.
“Through our travels with ‘Haynesville,’ no matter where we were in the world, we saw a striking commonality from community to community: the need and desire for a balanced discussion about today’s energy issues. We realized that more often than not, people wanted to leave behind the noise and extremes to build an energy future that is environmentally sound, economically viable and ensures energy security. The ‘Rational Middle’ is the starting point for a movement welcoming open discussion where everyone is invited to the table to find solutions to the most important energy challenges.”
The “Rational Middle” tackles topics including the current state of energy, future challenges and opportunities, and the goals we need to consider to reach a place where we can understand and be confident about the future of our energy and how it affects the planet. The films feature experts who offer their viewpoints on our energy situation.
“It’s important that we have a rational conversation about energy because the stakes are so high and because there are so many players and there is so much distrust,” said Frank Sesno, founder of Planet Forward and former CNN journalist, and one of the featured experts in the film series. “We live in a polarized political environment and a fractured world. But these are truly global concerns. Whether there’s enough energy to power the planet, whether it’s going to be clean enough so the planet can survive, whether it’s going to be produced in such a way that one nation cannot be held hostage or poisoned by another—these things matter. We have to be realistic and we have to be rational and this conversation needs to cut across disciplines and boundaries.”
Some of the other experts featured in the film include:
- Dr. Bill Chameides, dean of the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University
- Stephen Lacey, deputy editor of Climate Progress at the Center for American Progress
- Dr. Michael Levi, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
- Dr. Richard Newell, former administrator of U.S. Energy Information Administration
- Jonathan Stern, senior fellow at Oxford University
- Other experts from Centenary College, Duke University, the University of Houston, Rice University, and the University of Texas
Watch the films at www.rationalmiddle.com.