Rational Middle: Energy Documentary Series
Rational Middle: Energy Documentary Series

A New Vision for the Changing Energy Landscape

Extremes on both ends of the political spectrum have fueled a firestorm which has led to the spread of misinformation, stoked division, and slowed progress on finding a modern solution for immigration. We have strayed far from the path of understanding the economic and moral arguments and all recent attempts to fix the broken system have failed.

Watch the 26 short documentary films featuring experts from across the country and the political spectrum as we explore how to solve energy challenge and remake our economy.

A New Vision for the Changing Energy Landscape

Extremes on both ends of the political spectrum have fueled a firestorm which has led to the spread of misinformation, stoked division, and slowed progress on finding a modern solution for immigration. We have strayed far from the path of understanding the economic and moral arguments and all recent attempts to fix the broken system have failed.

Watch the 26 short documentary films featuring experts from across the country and the political spectrum as we explore how to solve energy challenge and remake our economy.

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The Resource Curse

What happens when energy development reaches a corner of the world that doesn’t have the infrastructure or institutional capacity to manage the process? What challenges do they face and how can they avoid the pitfalls of the resource curse?

LNG: An Evolution in Energy

As the shale revolution continues, the development of markets for natural gas have exploded around the world. The technology and innovation that make this global market run are evolving every day, changing the way energy is bought and sold.

Energy Transitions

The future of the energy landscape is changing domestically, but what is the trajectory for countries with fewer resources and regulatory capacity than western nations?

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Induced Seismicity: Solving the Earthquake Problem

As the shale revolution has rapidly expanded, earthquakes have followed development. What is the source of this seismic activity and are there solutions that can mitigate the downsides.

The Power In Water: Challenges of a Finite Resource

Food, energy, water. The nexus of these three elements are the crux of communities around the world. How we preserve and care for water will determine the future of our civilization.

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Getting to Go: Tackling the Future of Transportation

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.

Squeezing the Watt: Conservation and Efficiency

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 […]

The Future of Renewables: Moving Towards a Cleaner Energy Mix

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 […]

Shale Gas 201: Further Exploration of a Domestic Resource

A continuation of the conversation started in “Shale Gas 101” from the first season of Rational Middle Energy videos, “Shale 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 […]

A Day in the Life of Sustainable Beer: New Belgium Brewery

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 […]

Two Days in the Life of Environmentalist Ed Whittingham

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.

Two Days in the Life of Operations Team Lead Melissa Morris

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.

Canada Energy 101

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.

Canada’s Way Forward: Finding a Path to the Energy Future

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.

Energy’s Crossroad: Dawson Creek, BC

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 […]

Energy’s Crossroad: Pinedale, Wyoming

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 […]

The Methane Question: Fugitive Emissions

Methane is more than 80x as powerful compared to CO2 as a greenhouse gas over a 20 year period. Can we fix the leaks and gain the upside of natural gas as an interim fuel between coal, oil, and a low carbon economy?

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What is the Rational Middle?

We have an opportunity to step back and take a thoughtful look at the current energy challenge. Let’s consider a new path to a cleaner energy future.

Energy 101

As important to our lives as energy is, we seem to spend a lot of time either dismissing it or arguing about where it should come from. With all the different emotions, concerns and motives involved, it can be hard to make sense of the noise and rhetoric and get a balanced view of energy […]

Energy 201: What’s at Stake

We use a lot of energy. The problem is that it effects our world every day and many of the costs are not found in the price you pay at the pump or on your monthly bill. Take a look at how energy is changing the world around us and what we stand to face […]

Truthing Our Energy and its Future

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.

Shale Gas 101

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.

Realities of Drilling: Extended and Recut

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 […]

Truthing Our Energy and its Future II

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.

A Day in the Life of Energy with the Corder Family

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, […]

Energy 301: The Great Transition

The Great Transition is just a stepping stone to a wider discussion about the energy future and offers a look at some of the discussions we need to have and decisions that need to be made in order to get to the cleaner energy future.