Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Latrobe Valley- Steam Progress

Latrobe Valley- Steam Progress- youtube video click here

"During the 65 years from 1920 to 1985 the power generation industry in Victoria's Latrobe Valley grows into such a monster that it freaks-out one of its early proponents: retired engineer John McMahon is heard to say "it's too big for me" in this restored 16mm colour film.

"Too big for me", too big for Planet Earth...

Now that climate change is beyond doubt a real and present danger, it remains to be seen how "timeless" steam power will be, given that the worst case of climate change predicted by climate models could decimate human civilization and cast us all back to pre-industrial times, with the added burden of a toxic nuclear and chemical legacy, visiting a curse of disease and inherited genetic damage to all living creatures.

Credit should go to writer/director Dale Bromley for not censoring Mr McMahon's negative view of the excessive scale of the modern electricity industry.

This YouTube transcoding is derived indirectly -- via DVD -- from a 16mm colour/opt. cine film held at the Victorian State Archive, North Melbourne Australia. Citation: PROV, VA 4086 Office of the Administrator, VPRS 5061/P1/682 "SECH00780 The Timeless Force (Copy C)"

Reproduced with the permission of the Keeper of Public Records, Public Records Office Victoria, Australia. Copyright Office of the Administrator, Victoria."