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Take a journey around the world through the past, present, and future of energy. More

“Power Trip: the Story of Energy” is a 12-part, 12-hour-long documentary series directed by Mat Hames, based on Michael E. Webber's book. Season One explores energy in WATER, FOOD, CITIES, TRANSPORTATION, WEALTH and WAR. Season Two reveals energy as the underlying force that carries us to SPACE, causes large-scale DISASTERS, transforms WORK, CULTURE, and ENTERTAINMENT, and drives GLOBALIZATION.

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Power Trip: The Story of Energy

Globalization.

Learn how energy enabled rapid globalization, both as both a widely traded product and as a facilitator for moving goods globally. In the ancient world, globalization was always a goal, but modern forms of energy provided the missing link.

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Culture and modern energy go hand in hand. Our fashion, music and art all have been impacted by modern energy. Wealthy industrialists with fortunes made from energy funded much of modern culture, using energy systems to spread culture across the globe.

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Entertainment both shapes and reflects our attitudes about energy. Modern energy enabled mass entertainment like popular music, movies, TV shows and video games, which impacted our society. Energy changed sports with climate control and modern lighting, and amusement parks help familiarize customers with energy breakthroughs.

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Modern energy transformed work over time. From farm to factory to office and the “work from home” revolution, energy is embedded in our systems of employment. What is the future of energy and work?

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From oil spills and coal mine explosions to dam failures and nuclear meltdowns, we can learn much from disasters related to energy. At the same time, energy is the key to solving natural disasters and the looming disaster of climate change. In what ways does energy make our lives safer or more dangerous?

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Modern energy takes us on a journey to the final frontier. This episode traces the history of space travel, with a focus on the energy innovations making it possible. Lifting off into space depends on modern energy, and surviving in space also requires energy. Energy is required at every step in space exploration, and new forms of energy must be developed to reach other star systems.

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An excerpt from 'Globalization.' U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and others on the 1970s energy crisis.

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An excerpt from 'Globalization.' Energy is critical to the Port of Los Angeles.

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An excerpt from 'Culture.' Oil changed the way we moved about -- and the products teenagers wanted.

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An excerpt from 'Culture.' The energy implications of owning vinyl vs. streaming music.

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Trump the Survivor Exudes Power and Invites Sympathy at the Same Time

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The expected electoral bump for Donald Trump after the failed assassination attempt could be because of his raised fist show of strength, urging the crowd to “Fight, fight, fight” while bleeding and being ushered away from the podium by Secret Service agents. Or it could be because of voters’ sympathetic feelings towards someone who narrowly escaped death. Emotions are crucial to any election, and Trump will certainly play both the strong survivor and victim/martyr to the hilt.

Being sympathetic to Trump after the shooting is inevitable, as are comparisons between Trump’s narrow escape and Ronald Reagan’s. Del Quentin Wilber wrote in the Associated Press on July 14 about Reagan’s 1981 brush with death: “[T]he shooting generated massive sympathy from the American public for Reagan, who spent 13 days in the hospital before returning to the White House. But it did something else — it built a bond between the president and the public. They had seen a president who acted with grace and courage.” Wilber quotes journalist David Broder, who said years later, “He [Reagan] was politically untouchable from that point on. He became a mythic figure.”

Will this happen to Donald Trump? Will there be sympathy for a man who previously eschewed emotional bonds? Will Trump be seen as “a man of destiny” in conservative columnist Ross Douthat’s analysis and also become “a mythic figure” like Reagan?

Habitually, Trump exudes power, red and yellow power ties and all. The photo of his raised fist while being whisked away by Secret Service agents has to be a quintessential photo instinctively staged by a master of the visual. As described in Le Monde : “Despite the chaos and the agents urging him to evacuate, he gave his supporters a sign of vitality and determination. He raised his fist to the sky, articulating the word ‘fight!’ while blood streaked down his right cheek. The now iconic photo of this moment is of rare power,”

How will Trump use the shooting? His usual power trip? New-found sympathy? Or both?

Unlike with Reagan, it is not easy imagining sympathy for Donald J. Trump. In fact, emotions like sympathy or bonding with politicians are never clear. The recent New York Times op-ed by George Clooney is a striking example of the difficulty. In the first part, he’s all emotions: “I love Joe Biden. As a senator. As a vice president and as president. I consider him a friend, and I believe in him.” Despite his avowed love for Biden, Clooney then calls for the president to drop out of the election. “It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘ big F-ing deal ’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.” After the declaration of love, Clooney follows with political pragmatism.

If being loveable is no guarantee of winning votes, politicians certainly make efforts to be more human, more affectionate. Politicians want voters to bond with them. They want to use emotions to get elected. They want to merge emotions and pragmatism.

How to do that? Pets are a classic example. Franklin Roosevelt used his Scottish Terrier Fala in his 1944 campaign opening speech in a brilliant example of anthropomorphizing a pet for political purposes:

“These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him – at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars – his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.”

Other examples of canine power: Richard Nixon used some of Roosevelt’s reasoning in referring to his Cocker Spaniel Checkers as a justifiable accepted gift in his legendary 1952 “Checkers Speech.” The Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog Bo got lots of media attention, and appeared in Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

What about presidential bonding using children and grandchildren? Think of: Margaret Truman, David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon, John John and Caroline Kennedy, Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, Malia and Sasha Obama. While the private lives of the children were generally guarded, they appeared at events and in print as positive parts of the president’s image. (Hunter Biden is an outstanding negative as is Biden’s dog Commander.)

We don’t think of Trump in bonding terms. His MAGA followers prioritize his strength, not his emotions. Pets? No way. As columnist Frank Bruni wrote, “For Trump, all relationships are transactional and God’s creatures possess value only in accordance with their ability to elevate and enrich him.”

Trump’s children? They have created more mockery than sympathy. Donald Jr., Eric, Tiffany and Ivanka have been regularly satirized on Saturday Night Live. Trump’s relationship with his son Barron is certainly not positively paternal.

After the shooting, Trump will certainly profit from sympathy. (How long do you think he will continue to be seen in public with the bandage on his ear?) The man who egged on the crowd to violence on January 6 and rose to the presidency as a polarizing us versus them leader, wrote on his Truth Social media network platform after the assassination attempt: “In this moment, it’s more important than ever that we stand united, and show our true character as Americans….” He added; “It was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening.” His early subdued behavior at the Republican Convention has further invited sympathy.

Will people vote for Trump because of his projection of power or out of sympathy? His domination of the Republican Party is evident. He was given a hero’s ovation at the start of the Convention Winning the immunity case before the Supreme Court and having the Florida judge dismiss the secret documents case further demonstrate his power. No need for him to scream, yell or rant to confirm his dominant position. Trump is no longer the marginalized outsider he was even as president and Time’s Person of the Year.

Now he is the bloodied incarnation of the victim. As he once said; “In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you — and I’m just standing in their way.” Well, they did come after him, and Trump survived.  Now he can add the emotion of sympathy to his power(ful) mix.

Trump the Survivor is riding the crest of power and sympathy, leaving befuddled Democrats in his wake.

Daniel Warner is the author of An Ethic of Responsibility in International Relations . (Lynne Rienner). He lives in Geneva.

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J.D. Vance, the Ohio senator who is former President Donald J. Trump’s running mate, officially accepted the Republican nomination for vice president on Wednesday, the third night of the party’s convention. In his speech, he lamented that Washington and Wall Street had abandoned working-class and rural Americans.

Mr. Vance, along with a lineup of Trump loyalists, veterans and Gold Star families, denounced President Biden’s policies on national security, immigration and energy — sometimes with claims that were inaccurate or that omitted crucial context.

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“Nations like China see weakness as opportunity. … Their arms supply Putin’s regime”

— Representative Nancy Mace, Republican of South Carolina

This needs context.

American intelligence agencies say that China was critical to rebuilding Russia’s arms industry in the face of Western sanctions. However, American officials say that China, unlike North Korea or Iran, has supplied only dual-use parts, not lethal aid that is used directly in the war in Ukraine.

“Iran is waging a war in Israel and Gaza, with help from Joe Biden.”

— Richard Grenell, acting director of national intelligence in the Trump administration

While Republicans argue that President Biden’s foreign policy with Iran has been too accommodating, it is hard to argue that the United States is directly aiding Iran’s conflict with Israel. Under Mr. Biden, the United States intervened to help Israel take down dozens of missiles and drones in a major military operation to halt Iran’s attack on Israel.

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Many Republicans have derisively called Vice President Kamala Harris the “border czar,” but that is not a title bestowed upon her by President Biden. In March 2021, Mr. Biden named Ms. Harris to oversee efforts addressing the root causes of migration , including diplomatic attempts and aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — not border security specifically. Ms. Harris visited the border that June and also made a trip to Mexico and Guatemala.

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“Biden’s F.B.I. has even stated that practicing Catholics present an elevated risk of domestic terrorism simply because of their faith.”

— Callista Gingrich, former ambassador to the Holy See

Ms. Gingrich is most likely referring to a leaked memo from January 2023 that was prepared by the F.B.I.’s field office in Richmond, Va. The memo warned of the potential for extremism for adherents of a “radical-traditionalist Catholic” ideology. But it was withdrawn, and the nation’s top law enforcement officials have repeatedly denounced it.

The memo warned of potential threats before the 2024 election and suggested gathering information and developing sources within churches to help identify suspicious activity. It also distinguished between those radicalized and not radicalized, saying that “radical-traditionalist Catholics” were a small minority.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Christopher A. Wray , the F.B.I. director, have both disavowed the memo.

“Your favorite Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, created your favorite committee, the Jan. 6 committee, which demanded that I violate executive privilege.”

— Peter Navarro, former Trump administration official

Mr. Navarro defied a subpoena seeking information about the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, asserting that Donald J. Trump had told him to invoke executive privilege. But a federal judge said Mr. Navarro had shown no evidence that Mr. Trump had ever invoked privilege. An appeals court agreed and said that Mr. Navarro had to serve his four-month prison sentence for contempt of Congress; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. rejected his last-ditch appeal, paving the way for Mr. Navarro to become the first senior aide to Mr. Trump to serve time in connection with the efforts to subvert the outcome of the 2020 election.

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“Biden’s war on energy hits every American because the cost of energy is in everything we use or touch every day. His red tape has raised the price of gas in your car. The cost of food on your table. The clothes on your back.”

— Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota

This is false.

The Biden administration has imposed regulations to cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, but there has not been a war on energy. Oil production has hit record highs under the Biden presidency, and the administration has approved more drilling permits for wells on federal lands than under President Donald J. Trump. At the same time, it is pumping billions of federal dollars into developing new sources of power including wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen and nuclear energy.

While there could be an economic effect to decisions by the Biden administration, like offering fewer new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, studies do not suggest a current link between Mr. Biden’s policies and prices at the pump or supermarket. But it is unclear how stark that impact would be. One study by Resources for the Future, a Washington think tank, found that if the government were to completely end all new oil and gas production on federal lands between now and 2050 — something that has not happened— it would lead to an increase of 1 to 2 percent in the price of oil.

“He is using mandates to shut down reliable baseload electricity. That is why your electric bills have shot upwards.”

This is misleading ..

Retail electricity prices have indeed risen since President Biden took office, about 28 percent nationwide on average. But the reasons for that increase are complex, experts said, and typically have had less to do with his administration’s policies and more with other factors such as fluctuations in natural gas prices and the rising cost of upgrading the nation’s aging grid.

Energy Innovation, a clean-energy research group in California, studied electricity price spikes and found no evidence that clean-energy policies had driven up prices. In fact, it found that states with the biggest growth in wind and solar production — like Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and New Mexico — had managed to slow rate increases.

“Let’s look at Biden’s E.V. mandates.”

— Gov. Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota

There is no electric vehicle mandate. The Biden administration has announced a regulation that requires carmakers to meet new average emissions limits across their entire product line, in effect compelling them to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles. Gas-powered cars and trucks can still be sold.

Mr. Burgum went on to correctly note, however, that China dominates in making batteries for such vehicles.

“You didn’t see these spy balloons under President Trump, did you?”

— Representative Michael Waltz, Republican of Florida

After a Chinese spy balloon drifted across the United States in 2023, the American public learned that other Chinese surveillance balloons had previously crossed U.S. territory near Texas, Florida, Hawaii and Guam for short periods of time.

It was Mr. Waltz who first disclosed the earlier incursions, after a congressional briefing about the previous balloons. Several of the episodes occurred during the Trump administration . However, Mr. Waltz was correct in his suggestion that the American public did not see the spy balloons that drifted in the United States during the Trump administration.

President Biden “is focused on building electric tanks.”

— Representative Michael Waltz of Florida

The Biden administration has not put forward any plans to make all Army tanks electric. A 2022 climate strategy plan from the Army does call for fielding an all-electric light-duty nontactical vehicle fleet by 2027 and for fully electric tactical vehicles by 2050. The plan does not include tanks.

“The guy who advised Obama not to take out Osama. Joe Biden advised against the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.”

— Lee Zeldin, former congressman from New York

President Biden was not opposed to taking out Osama bin Laden, but as vice president he recounted that he had advised Mr. Obama during a security meeting to wait and first ensure Bin Laden was at the Pakistan compound before proceeding — but that Mr. Obama ultimately decided to move forward.

Mr. Biden never said he was against such a raid altogether. That said, Mr. Biden later recalled that, after the meeting and in private, he told Mr. Obama “to follow his own instincts.” That assertion has not been independently confirmed.

“Meanwhile pro-crime district attorneys have turned our cities into giant crime zones.”

— Donald Trump Jr.

F.B.I. data shows that, overall, violent crime nationwide has been declining — not increasing — after an uptick in 2020. As for cities in particular, a survey by the Major Cities Chiefs Association has similarly reported drops in homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault (though there was an increase in some categories in 2021 before declining in 2022 and 2023).

“Remember Build Back Better? Instead, we got broke, bumbling Biden. Nothing is built, nothing is back and nothing is better. Bridges are collapsing.”

Rhetorical flourishes aside, President Biden’s 2021 infrastructure law included $550 billion in new funding for roads, bridges, rail, airports, the energy grid and other infrastructure projects. According to the Biden administration, the law has led to over 60,000 projects , including more than 10,000 bridges being repaired or rebuilt .

“Somehow, a real estate developer from New York City by the name of Donald J. Trump was right on all of these issues while Biden was wrong.”

— J.D. Vance, Republican nominee for vice president

This is exaggerated.

Mr. Vance cited Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s support of Nafta, China’s entry to the World Trade Organization and the Iraq war as examples of Mr. Biden’s poor judgment. But Mr. Trump also supported the Iraq war.

In 2002, asked whether he supported an invasion, Mr. Trump responded, “ Yeah, I guess so. ” Mr. Trump spoke out against the war in 2004 , a year after it began. It did not stop him from backing President George W. Bush in the 2004 election.

“Joe Biden is willing to buy energy from tinpot dictators but not hard-working Americans right here at home.”

This is false ..

Under the Biden administration, the United States is producing more oil than any country ever has. The United States set a record for crude oil production in 2023, outstripping what any country has produced in a year.

Under the Trump administration, the United States for the first time began to export more crude than it imported. Energy experts say that was largely the result of more than a decade of improvements in oil and gas production from hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and not Donald J. Trump’s deregulatory or pro-drilling agenda.

The United States continues to be a net exporter under the Biden administration: In 2022 the United States exported about 9.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, while importing about 8.3 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration . The United States also has imported less oil from the Persian Gulf region under Mr. Biden than under Mr. Trump, according to the E.I.A.

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