In the digital age, half our electricity still comes from coal. Dirty Business is a 90-minute documentary produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) revealing the true social and environmental costs of coal power and telling the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative energy future. Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases. Can coal really be made clean? Can renewables be produced on a scale large enough to replace coal? The film seeks answers in a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York.

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Dirty Business premieres at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, North Carolina, on April 9, 2010. The film, the first major public media project to explain and demystify “clean coal,” was written, produced and directed by Peter Bull and co-produced by Justin Weinstein, the team that produced the PBS FRONTLINE/CIR co-production, Hot Politics, about the politics of global warming. The narrator and editorial consultant on Dirty Business is Jeff Goodell, author of Big Coal, the Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future and contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine. Alex Gibney, producer/director of the 2008 Academy Award winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, is consulting producer on Dirty Business.

The project received funding from The 11th Hour Project, Cow Hollow Fund, Deer Creek Foundation, Educational Foundation of America, Fledgling Fund and the Fred Gellert Family Foundation.

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Justin is a documentary producer who specializes in reporting on
science and environmental subjects. He has worked on projects for PBS, National Geographic, ABC News Peter Jennings Reporting, as well as independent films. Recent projects include a 2-hour special for ABC News and FRONTLINE's "Hot Politics." He has a B.F.A in film-making from NYU and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Columbia University.