Guest Video: Dreamland


This isn’t a dreamy video, despite its name, although it does have some incredibly beautiful shots. It’s the trailer for a movie about a controversy over aluminum smelters in Iceland.

Basically, smelters use a lot of electricity (over 14 megawatts per ton, on average) and Iceland’s relatively inexpensive hydropower and geothermal power have attracted “Big Aluminum.”

I came across it while researching yesterday’s post on aluminum, and couldn’t fit it in there.

I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t know much about Iceland’s recent financial crisis or its economy. This Dreamland trailer is just an interesting, very well-done introduction to complex issues that all of us have a stake in because we face them, too, in various ways elsewhere in the world, though we might not have known it also happens in Iceland.



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