Years of Living Dangerously: Moving a Mountain & End of the Woods (E9&10)
Sunday October 27, Episode 9, “Moving a Mountain” Hall concludes his journey to Bangladesh, where rising seas are expected to submerge 17% of the country. He learns that global warming is a human rights, public health and foreign policy issue. Sanjayan questions top climate scientists in their fields who collect data from the past, such as ice core samples, that explain how our climate is changing. Friedman interviews President Barack Obama on climate change and finds that climate can change so fast that it can wipe out a civilization and that “action taken to curb greenhouse emissions could have a measurable, helpful impact.” Obama echoes this, saying “there’s a lot we can do” about global warming. Obama notes that, as a father, he is deeply concerned but optimistic that, with persistence, America can make progress on battling global warming and can become a leader on the issue. Obama acknowledges that, to avoid the worst effects of global warming, we must leave some fossil fuels unexploited. He tells Friedman that “you’ve got to recognize [that global warming] is going to be one of the most significant long-term challenges, if not the most significant long-term challenge, that this country faces and that the planet faces. … when [the effects of climate change] start multiplying, then people start thinking … ‘We’re going to reward politicians who talk to us honestly and seriously about this problem.'”
Sunday October 27, SEASON 2 Episode 1 (10), “A Race Against Time” focuses on renewable energy sources, especially solar. David Letterman travels to India to investigate the populous country’s efforts to expand its inadequate electrical grid, as its economy booms, and to supply electricity for the first time to 300 million citizens. He finds that there the country will double the amount of dirty coal that it burns unless it can receive assistance in transitioning quickly to solar and other renewable technologies. He interviews Prime Minister Narendra Modi, travels to rural villages where few can afford power and explores the US potential in bringing renewable energy to India. In Florida and Nevada, Cecily Strong finds former officials and other insiders in the two sunny states who reveal how utility companies and politics are blocking the growth of solar energy and clean energy jobs in the US.