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Tuesday, April 20 at 8 p.m. – NOVA "The Big Energy Gamble"

(Rochester, NY) Arnold Schwarzenegger is betting on green. He wants to roll California’s greenhouse gas emissions back to their 1990 levels, and he’s promising Californians that their lifestyles and their pocketbooks— won’t feel the pinch. But is Schwarzenegger gambling with his state’s economy? With help from eco-celebrities like Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” NOVA examines California’s aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future. From San Francisco’s Luscious Garage, where mechanics create custom plug-in hybrids for customers like Google, to the Tehachapi Valley, where thousands of wind turbines are spinning out electricity, NOVA visits the places where green energy is already becoming a reality. Yet some critics fear that, as the nation struggles through an economic meltdown, the state’s new policies are inviting dire consequences. Will California be a role model for the rest of the country or a cautionary tale? NOVA "The Big Energy Gamble" airs Tuesday, April 20 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11).

Pictured: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Credit: John Decker, Office of the Governor

 


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