Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom, doesn’t make a moral case for renewables. It lets people across the U.S. tell their own stories of how wind and solar have changed their lives and benefited the diverse regions where they live.
Chris Bruce grew up in Michigan, and his first major job was in the automotive industry. He did prototyping work for around 14 years. “It was the biggest thing going on in Michigan,” he said. “It’s pretty much all there was.”
Until, during the Great Recession of 2008, it began to decline, and half the jobs in the industry disappeared. Bruce’s was one of them. “After I lost my job, I had about three days of sulking, and then I got up and decided to listen to some of my coworkers’ advice to look into wind turbines,” he said in Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom, a new film (to be widely released this summer) from the Sierra Club about the energy revolution in America. He now works as a turbine engineer, and the wind industry is helping the state climb out of its deep recession.