Dir. Laura Israel, 81 min., U.S.A., 2010
Sunday 13, 2:00 PM · Monday 14, 7:00 PM.
What do we really know about wind power? We are told it’s “green energy” and reduces our dependency on foreign oil. That’s exactly what the people of Meredith in upstate New York thought when a wind developer offered to supplement this farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own–that of 40 industrial wind turbines. Attracted at first to the financial incentives, some of the townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they find out about side effects they had never anticipated. Their organized response demonstrates how citizens can effect their own environments through the political process. WINDFALL exposes the dark side of wind energy development and the potential for highly profitable scams. With wind development in the U.S. growing annually at 39%, WINDFALL is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the future of renewable energy.
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