lights go out and Americans are freezing in the dark; or changing our life style by deep conservation while
heavily investing in alternative energy sources at higher costs."
~ Charles T. Maxwell,consultant to various oil companies and the US Government
To evaluate what factors contribute to how a society chooses to use energy resources, keeping in mind the availability and culture as well as the social, economic, political and environmental implications.
Secondary energy source
Primary energy source
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Chernobyl April 1986
Three Mile Island, Penns. 1979
Yucca Mountain, Nevada
Photovoltaic cell (PV cell)
Know specific details about…
Energy consumption in the US (Figure 12-5)
The oil crisis of 1973
Energy flow through fossil fuels (Figure 12-10)
Alaska pipeline and ANWR
How much crude oil do we get from foreign sources?
Sources of radiation. (Table 13-1)
Who generates the most nuclear power? (Figure 13-4)
Solar building siting (Figure 14-9)
Renewable energy use in the US (Figure 14-4)
Provide a description of the various types of fossil fuels including their sources and methods used for their extraction.
We are currently facing power shortages. How do you propose to solve the problem? Defend your proposal on both economic and environmental grounds.
Draw a diagram showing the working parts of a nuclear power plant. Describe and explain... [continues]
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