United States of Energy
Director & Producer:
Søren Brygman Poulsen
Produced by: ESOK Film
Duration: 58 min.
Year of Production: 2003/2004
Original Title: United States of Energy
The consumption of current energy sources is creating irreversible accumulations of waste. And all sources reveal that the waste will stay for generations. To contaminate or to be “recycled” into weapons.
The United States of Energy takes us to Hanford, a former plutonium production factory in Washington State – now one of the most severely polluted sites in the world. Renders eyewitness reports from the Nevada dessert, where the effects of the first nuclear bombs were tested. And, through the eyes of a US veteran from Operation Desert Storm, reflects on the use of nuclear waste in modern warfare. Through the protests of the recent invasion of Iraq, the programme illustrates the consequences of maintaining our access to “cheap energy”.