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Power Trip: Clean energy, climate justice, and the future of America’s rural-urban divide

  • Mary Ignatiadis, Director/Producer
  • Kam Mitchell, Director

About the Project

When a 100-mile transmission Corridor sparks a $100-million referendum campaign over America’s energy future, Ryan and Mary are caught in the middle. The historically controversial project starts near Ryan’s rural childhood home, and draws significant opposition from his community. In turn, Mary’s urban-based clean energy colleagues across the US accuse Ryan’s community of endangering climate and economic progress.

The couple realizes that national leaders in the public sector, private sector, and media have gotten the story of America’s rural-urban divide dangerously wrong, with serious consequences for our climate and economic future. Can Ryan and Mary get the story right? Can they find a way for the clean energy movement to live up to its own standards of equity, inclusivity, and justice?

Ryan and Mary embark on a year-long journey to unravel the controversy for themselves. They find the unsung locals, trailblazing community leaders, and academics with real solutions for overcoming the rural-urban divide - and put them to the test in their own relationship.