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Penn State Brandywine hosts screening of energy awareness film “SWITCH”

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9/18/2012 —

Is fracking polluting the water? How dangerous is nuclear power? Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Can coal be cleaned up? Can renewable energy really power the future?

Penn State Brandywine will host a screening of the film “SWITCH,” which features Geologist and University of Texas at Austin Professor Scott Tinker answering today’s most controversial energy questions, as he travels the world exploring leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels--most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film.

This free public screening will be held on Friday, October 12 at 6 p.m. in the Tomezsko Classroom Building, room 103. To ensure that there is enough space for all viewers, please visit http://bit.ly/PSUBWSwitch to register in advance.

In the film, directed by Harry Lynch, Tinker seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia, then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to an energy future as surprising as it is practical.

“SWITCH” is screening as part of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Switch Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program, which is launching at 40 pilot universities across the country this fall with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film.

Audiences have called “SWITCH” “the first truly balanced energy film,” according to Acros Films, which created the project. “SWITCH” has been embraced and supported by people across the energy spectrum: environmentalists and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and economists.

Defense FundSwitch and the GSA program are part of the Switch Energy Project (http://www.switchenergyproject.com), a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

The project includes a continually expanding website of 300 videos on the energy topics that drive the world; a primary school education program of videos and curricula co-developed with the American Geological Institute and will eventually include a broadcast series on discovering solutions to the world’s most pressing energy challenges.

Tinker has been exploring energy for 30 years. His passion is bringing government, industry and academia together to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges.

Tinker is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the state geologist of Texas. He is a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and the acting associate dean of research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to the Bureau, he worked for Marathon Oil’s research division.

For 17 years, Lynch has been a documentary director, producer, writer, cinematographer and soundtrack producer, whose films include “SWITCH,” “Unconventional,” “Recapturing Cuba,” “Ride Around the World” and “Making the Modern.” He is the co-founder of Trinity Films, and the founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company dedicated to building awareness and understanding of the most important issues of the time.

For more information about the screening at Brandywine, please contact Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Laura Guertin at uxg3@psu.edu.

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