The fourth revolution: towards energy autonomy
Documentary by Carl-A. Fechner (Germany, 2010, 1h22mn)
Going beyond pessimistic warnings about climate change, this documentary shows that solutions are possible to switch to renewable energies in the next thirty years. In various regions of the planet, the film meets people who, in various capacities, are leading concrete actions to make possible the abandonment of fossil fuels and nuclear power and the switch to renewable energies. An entrepreneur explains, for example, how you can design an office building that costs only two euros per year per m² in energy expenditure. Electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines, biogas turbines, these techniques already have practical and efficient applications. And the problems of energy storage or exchange will be better and better resolved, assure experts such as Hermann Scheer, German deputy, alternative Nobel Prize winner 1999 and author among others of “Energy autonomy” (Actes Sud, 2007) .
Anxious to give a voice to the director of this film - which has the most admissions in Germany in 2010 in the documentary category - also received the opinion of Fatih Birol, chief economist at the Agency international energy, headquartered in Paris. For him, the proponents of renewable energy are naive. By their words, though most show that they are well aware of the issues other than ecological their projects and know that the opposition of large international energy groups will be fierce. More than ever, it is clear that the "fourth revolution" is political will and will not do that if we really want it.