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NOVA: Power Surge

Airs Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

The sun sets over the large carbon dioxide pipeline that enters the ground in...

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Above: The sun sets over the large carbon dioxide pipeline that enters the ground in the middle of the Sahara desert at the In-Salah natural gas plant. This pipe is filled with carbon dioxide that is being pumped and stored deep underground.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

In this interview, the Energy Secretary in the Obama administration offers his take on California's policies and the nation's options.

Can emerging technology defeat global warming? With more than $30 billion earmarked for “green energy,” President Obama’s stimulus package marks the first serious step by a U.S. administration to tackle the threat of global warming. But as the pace of innovation slackens in the crumbling economy and the public worries more about jobs than the future of the planet, is it all a case of too little, too late?

In "Power Surge," from solar panel factories in China to a carbon capture-and-storage facility in the Sahara desert to massive wind and solar installations in the United States, NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change.

NOVA will focus on the latest and greatest innovations, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy. Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?

Preview: NOVA: Power Surge

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From solar panel factories in China to a carbon capture-and-storage facility in the Sahara desert to massive wind and solar installations in the United States, NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change.

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