The debate over nuclear power is a hotly contested one. Opponents cite old and still important challenges like safety of citizens from atomic radiation, security of nuclear material, and the remaining waste product produced by nuclear power. Some of these issues had almost been forgotten by the public until the explosion of Fukushima Daiichi, a […]

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As we say, energy is complicated. It’s ever-changing and often shifts dramatically directly beneath your feet. In light of recent events and the constant evolution of the discussion around energy and its impact on our environment and our civilization, the Rational Middle has seen fit to update two episodes at the center of this discussion. […]

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets mad when I’m watching the presidential debates. The candidates’ puerile anger and teenager-style bickering can be maddening (though, admittedly, highly entertaining). But while most of my friends seem to be angry because their candidate is getting attacked or the views of an opposing candidate seem to […]

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Energy isn’t just facts and numbers. It intersects our lives everyday, affecting how we experience the world. While many of us see the benefits of energy first hand, from our consumption and utilization of it to make our lives easier, some people experience the production, acquisition and transportation of energy in their communities. The Energy […]

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Energy isn’t just facts and numbers. It intersects our lives everyday, affecting how we experience the world. While many of us see the benefits of energy first hand, from our consumption and utilization of it to make our lives easier, some people experience the production, acquisition and transportation of energy in their communities. The Energy […]

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With the challenges and opportunities set before us in Canada Energy 101, this episode looks at how this massive country with its plentiful resources can manage its exports, lead in low-carbon innovation, and move towards a cleaner energy future.

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Canada is one of the most energy-rich countries on Earth. It is also one of the highest users of energy per capita in the world. We take a look at this resource-rich country to find out what energy sources it uses, how they are consumed, and explore the basics of energy use in modern civilization.

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Meet Melissa Morris, an engineer who works for Shell Oil in the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas. Melissa works with teams on the ground to ensure quality control, safety, and stewardship. Follow her as she travels to rig sites and fracture pads to bring resources to market.

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Meet Ed Whittingham, director of the Pembina Institute, and environmental NGO in Canada. Ed and his team work day in and day out to provide a voice for environmental interests in Canada and North America. Follow Ed as he goes throughout his day meeting with journalists, politicians, and industry representatives.

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It’s pretty hard to look around these days and not see something created with or transported by energy. Companies around the world are looking to reduce their negative impact on communities, increase their environmental stewardship efforts, as well as making a profit. New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, CO is doing just that and were […]

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A continuation of the conversation started in “Natural Gas 101” from the first season of Rational Middle Energy videos, “Natural Gas 201” discusses the ways natural gas can contribute to the recovery of the economy from the Great Recession, as well as taking a look at the relationship between renewables and gas now and in […]

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What comes to mind when we think about renewables? Wind turbines spinning in a field, solar panels on a rooftop. But there’s much more to a cleaner energy future than these images in our mind. Creating a renewables-based energy future will take a lot of time, resources, and commitment. This episode highlights the benefits and […]

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Many times, changing the energy system can seem daunting with discussions about policy, industry standards, mandates, and foreign affairs. This episode looks the most effective ways to date each of us can make a difference in our homes, and in our daily lives to reduce our consumption of energy and the impacts that can stem […]

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The path to a clean energy future is paved with small moves that result in big outcomes. We take a look at several promising directions for the future of transportation – from efficiency of the internal combustion engine, to natural gas vehicles, the electric motor, mass transit, and beyond.

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Now that we know where we are and what’s at stake, let’s take a look at the future of energy and what the challenges are of getting there. The Great Transition is just a stepping stone to a wider discussion about the energy future and offer a look at some of the discussions we need […]

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When the Corders wake up each morning, they do the things we all do: They turn on the lights, brew a cup of coffee, and read the morning paper. Between Lisa and Jerald along with their two kids, Adele and Wyatt, the time spent travelling to work, school, extracurriculars and coming home to powerful computers, […]

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From Dallas, Texas to New York City, to Calgary, Alberta we hit the streets looking to answer your questions about energy, finding out what you want to know and turning those questions to experts around the country.

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Last season we released ten films about energy to spark discussion about the challenges facing our nation and the world. Two of the films, called “Realities of Drilling” Parts 1 and 2 were about exploring and producing natural gas in shale deposits – to discuss the risks surrounding drilling in these unconventional plays. Given the […]

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For most people, natural gas is simply what heats their homes or flows through their stove-tops. But what they may not know is what else it’s used for. This piece will show some of the many current and proposed uses of natural gas – from fertilizers to a manufacturing feedstock, producing electricity, and fueling transportation.

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What do you think about energy? What concerns you? We hit the streets to find out what people know, and don’t know about energy and then turned to experts to find the answers.

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