I recently received the following email from Dr. Scott Tinker, the head of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Geologist. For those not familiar with Scott, he is a hugely respected scientist and is consulted by both political parties. He is a recent past president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and a truly gracious fellow. Please consider donating to this worthy cause, OR, if you are not really familiar with global energy and think electricity comes from sockets, see this movie when it is released...
"I am writing you as a group regarding The Bridge documentary. You have each been engaged in this grand adventure and I appreciate your various forms of moral and financial support. It has been a major effort, great education and a heck of a lot of fun.
We are in our final push and nearly on track with the original schedule for completion. Editors have been working full time for several months and we hope to “lock down” the film at the end of September. That means laying voice over, musical score, etc. on top of the footage after that.
Primary conclusions, after two years of open-minded global investigation.
1. Natural gas and nuclear are major fuels for the coming century.
2. Oil and coal still have a prominent role, CCS can help but but that role will diminish slowly this century.
3. Renewables can be strong regional supplements, but will not be more than supplemental for many decades.
4. Scale of energy demand is immense and efficiency and certain forms of conservation are vital and we can all play a role.
We make these points in an entertaining way that introduces the challenge/question, builds a mystery of discovery with me the primary energy explorer/detective, and then concludes clearly using flashback and deduction “here is what we all saw and learned”. The footage is stunning and the interviews outstanding.
It is going to be a great movie and I think it will have an impact on policy makers, the voting public and kids. It has taken more time than I could have imagined, but with Gasland, BP Horizon, hydro fracing challenges, and much more, the film is needed more than ever.
We have received $1.5 million to date, which is impressive considering the economic times, and I thank those of you who have contributed so generously. We need $500k more to wrap it up. If you have already contributed, please consider another donation. If not, I welcome your help.
The AAPG Foundation created a dedicated fund. http://foundation.aapg.org/thebridgefund.cfm
Tax deductible donations can be sent to:
· AAPG Foundation, Attn: Rebecca Griffin, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, OK 74101-0979: specify Bridge Fund
· online to https://www.aapg.org/eDonation/Core/eDonation.aspx
Or directly to ARCOS Films:
· Contact Harry Lynch, Producer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me be bold and issue a challenge to this group; please help me make this happen!
On-site “shoots” completed (blue italics yet to be filmed)
· Coal Power production in the U.S. (Parish)
· Coal Mining, Wyoming PRB
· Oil sands (Surmont), Alberta, Canada
· EOR in the US (Cranfield), Mississippi
· Offshore oil in the Gulf of Mexico (Aug, 2010)
· Richmond Refinery, California
· Conventional gas and LNG (Rasgas), Qatar
· Unconventional shale gas (Barnett), Texas
· CNG bus transportation, Texas
· NYMEX trading floor, NYC
· CO2 sequestration in the US (DOE SECARB), Mississippi
· Nuclear reprocessing, France (Le Hague)
· Nuclear reactor (STP), Texas
· Biofuels (LA and NY) and Brazil (Aug, 2010)
· Distributed Wind, Denmark
· Industrial Wind (Roscoe), Texas
· Distributed Solar, California
· Industrial Solar (Solucar, Andusal, Olmedilla de Alarcon), Spain
· Hydro, Norway
· Geothermal, Iceland
· Electric cars (Tesla), California
· Energy Efficiency, California
One-on-One Interviews Completed
Balance and objectivity will shine through by the remarkable breadth of those we have interviewed and the locations that we have visited all over the world. We are aware of no other film like it.
· CEO, Abengoa Solar, Madrid
· CEO, BP, London
· CEO, Chesapeake, Oklahoma
· CEO, DONG Energy, Copenhagen
· CEO, Kuwait Energy, Kuwait City
· CEO, NRG, Princeton, NJ
· CEO, RasGas, Qatar
· CEO, REC Solar, San Francisco
· CEO, Statoil, Oslo
· President, Chevron Energy Solutions, California
· President, Denbury, Mississippi
· President, Fort Worth Transportation
· Deputy CEO, Bahrain Petroleum Company, Bahrain
· Deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait
· EVP, ConocoPhillips, Calgary
· EVP, Vestas Wind Turbines, Denmark
· Vice President, Shell Offshore, New Orleans
· General Manager, Richmond Refinery, California
· Plant Manager, Parish Power Plant, TX
· Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund, TX
· President of Iceland, Reykjavik
· U.S. Undersecretary of Energy, Washington DC
· Minister of Oil, Bahrain
· Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Texas
· Chairman, Railroad Commission of Texas
· Deputy Directors, Danish and Norwegian Energy Agencies, Bergen
· Director, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Paris
· Deputy Director IEA, Paris
· Director, MIT Energy Initiative, Boston (Former U.S. Energy Undersecretary)
· Director, Energy Institute, Stanford, CA
· Director, Global Climate and Energy Program, Stanford, CA
· NYMEX traders, New York City
· Leading scientists and engineers in facilities worldwide