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Film on the future of global energy will play April 11 at Museum of the Rockies

April 4, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - A documentary film that's said to be changing the global energy conversation across the country will play Thursday, April 11, at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies.

Now playing at more than 300 universities, "Switch" will begin at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The film, which was co-developed with The Geological Society of America, is said to be nonpartisan and agenda-free, yet revolutionary as it unites diverse audience in a shared understanding of energy.  In it, geologist Scott W. Tinker explores the world's premier sites for all energies, including coal, solar, oil and biofuels. He talks to international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he reveals a surprising, yet practical, path to our energy future.

Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the state geologist of Texas, director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair, and acting associate dean of research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Tinker spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry before going to the University of Texas in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA).

The film is presented as part of the Geological Society of America's Energy Awareness and Efficiency program.

The MSU event is organized by the Department of Earth Sciences and its AAPG student chapter.

For more information on the film, go to

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or