Lecture material covered in Chapter 3 of Boyle (2012) explains how our current energy systems work, or don't, how our us of energy has changed and continues to expand. I've added more current information about energy use in the US, Vermont and on our Randolph Center campus.
3.2: Energy: primary vs. delivered vs. used
3.3: Expanding use of energy
3.4: Energy use: national comparisons
Additional resources & lInks of interest:
Discussion of Samso video
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Week 3 writing assignment
DUE Thursday 14 September
This week please use the Allsides.com site (or your own judgement) to find two articles with opposing points of view on an energy-related issue. Evaluate each using the criteria used in the first two writing assignments, and compare and contrast the articles and their differing points of view. Do you find one to be more persuasive? If so, why? Better use of facts? Better argument? How did the differing styles of reporting affect the ability of each author to make his or her argument?
- 'Trump promised to bring back coal jobs. That promise 'will not be kept', experts say.' (Fears, Washington Post, 29 March 2017) vs. 'Coal's colossal comeback' (Moore, The American Spectator, 17 April 2017)
- 'Trump's Defense Secretary cites climate change as national security challenge' (Revkin, ProPublica, 14 March 2017) vs. 'Trump signs executive order unwinding Obama climate policies' (Davenport & Alissa, NYTimes, 27 March 2017)
- 'California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy' (Megerian, LA Times, 31 Aug 2017) vs 'The appalling delusion of 100% renewables, exposed' (Bryce, National Review, 24 June 2017)
- 'Hydro, wind and solar make inroads in California's electric grid' (Nikolewski, LA Times, 20 July 2017) vs. 'Emerging climate bonds boom, but are they really green?' (Newsmax, 19 August 2017) or 'California rain expected to boost hyro-electric revenue' (Street, Breitbart, 24 March 2017)
- 'The conservative case for nuclear energy' (Bryce, National Review, 16 December 2016) vs. 'Nuclear energy is unsafe and unreliable. And we still don't know what to do with nuclear waste.' (Kamps, LA Times, 14 September 2017)
- 'The US backs off nuclear power. Georgia wants to keep building reactors' (Plumer, NYTImes, 31 August 2017) vs.'US nuclear comeback stalls as two reactors are abandoned' (Plumer, NYTimes, 31 July 2017)
- 'No place for climate change deniers to hide' (Inslee, Huffington Post, 10 September 2017) vs. 'How climate change is being blamed for Harvey after a dozen years without a major hurricane' (Richardson, Washington Times, 29 August 2017)
- 'America's first offshore wind farm launched with GE turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty' (Garfield, Business Insider, 22 May 2017) vs. 'Wind power is an attack on rural America'