“Switch” is getting a massive push of advertising dollars prior to its release. Not sure from where this money has originated, yet.
The film’s website includes video galleries that reveal the content and biases of its creators. Assorted pro-nuclear voices are featured with zero balance given to the nuclear catastrophes of Fukushima, Chernobyl and others. The speakers use the global warming argument to push dangerous, cancer-causing nuclear plans, including numerous “small” nuclear plants, championed by the Undersecretary of Energy, Steve Koonin.
None of the pro-nuclear propaganda videos on the website acknowledge the negative side of nuclear power. The Undersecretary of Energy goes so far as to claim that nuclear plants are the “last place” a terrorist would strike. Allegedly they are so secure, despite commonly failing when security is actually tested.
The filmmakers attempt to investigate all the avenues of energy, but when it comes to geothermal hot rock “heat mining” they fall short of reality. The host of the show, Dr. Scott Tinker, claims that heat mining is too expensive in places other than where it is bubbling up out of the ground, such as Iceland. While showing a near miraculous situation in Reykjavik, where heat is distributed to the houses and electricity is unbelievably cheap — with low maintenance and labor costs and NO RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH– the video goes on to minimize this source by pretending it is just not feasible most everywhere else. This false presentation of the Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) situation ignores the geothermal development happening across much of the world today. The filmmakers have presented a biased negative portrayal of geothermal, while an extensive 2006 MIT STUDY said:
“EGS methods have been tested at a number of sites around the world and have been improving steadily.
…In fact, many attributes of geothermal energy, namely its widespread distribution, baseload dispatchability without storage, small footprint, and low emissions, are desirable for reaching a sustainable energy future for the United States.
…Most of the key technical requirements to make EGS work economically over a wide area of the country are in effect, with remaining goals easily within reach.”
–The Future of Geothermal Energy
This finding was completely absent from what is shown on the “Switch” website, while nuclear industry propaganda is highlighted by a number of speakers, minus the radiation exposures, the birth defects, the cancers, the thyroid diseases, the heart diseases, the damage to organs and deformities of the children born in contaminated regions.
The lie that only one nuclear plant disaster has had “fatalities” is stated, and a bogus claim about the alleged safety of the industry is presented. This insidious propaganda should be investigated more fully and rebutted in no uncertain terms.