Stealing the Sun


Priorities for research – why is more spent on nuclear energy than solar power?

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Producer: Crucible programme
Year Produced: 1984
Running time: 60 minutes
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Why is more money spent on researching nuclear energy than solar? There are complex political and historical reasons, but this film seriously questions our priorities. Solar includes wind, water and biomass: these sources of renewable energy could meet our needs, it is argued. The funding tends to go to a few large projects rather than a number of small ones, continuing the pattern of large centralised electricity generators, rather than small windmills and solar panels. Individual and neighbourhood schemes do not inflict large scale and potentially dangerous installations on rural communities who derive no benefit from them.

Made in 1985 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and state of science of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless.

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