On December 1, the U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister Barbara Stephenson, hosted an evening reception at her residence to showcase the entertaining and insightful documentary "Carbon Nation." (www.carbonnationmovie.com) Director and Producer Peter Byck narrated a selection of clips from the film, and engaged in a lively Q&A session with an enthusiastic audience. One of Peter's central themes – which he stressed in his remarks and is evident throughout "Carbon Nation" — is that the United States is not nearly as divided on climate/clean energy issues as many media accounts would have us believe. This is particularly true when the focus of discussion is on finding innovative solutions to the growing energy demands of the country and the world.

The film highlights a range of clean energy technologies that are taking root in the U.S., including wind, geothermal, bioenergy, solar, combined heat and power, new generation electric vehicles, as well as a range of cost-effective energy efficiency measures. While there is no doubt that there have been difficulties enacting comprehensive climate/energy legislation at the federal level, Peter's film makes clear that there is a tremendous amount of activity taking place across the United States — at the State and Local levels of government and among many very creative and forward thinking U.S. companies.

For those who have not had a chance to see "Carbon Nation" yet, we wholeheartedly encourage you to do so. After having seen it, you will have a much richer and more comprehensive picture of the many exciting clean energy developments underway in the U.S. For those interested, the film will be shown in its entirety on December 6 at 6:00 PM at The Tabernacle, off Portobello Road in Notting Hill, followed by a Q&A with Peter Byck. For more information on tickets and directions, please see the attached flier: Carbon Nation Showing on Dec 6.

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