Spring 2011 – Post your “ENERGY & TRANSPORTATION” topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citationon your topic, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per class meeting.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).

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    124 Responses to “ENERGY & TRANSPORTATION”


    1. Interesting article on Facebook’s new plan to use energy-efficient data. What I thought was cool the campaign launched by Greenpeace to stop facebook from powering its business from suppliers that use coal. Facebook is essentially stripping out nonessential parts in order to use less energy, such as paints, logos and stickers.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13010766

    2. rwetheyoung Says:

      This is recent instance of conflict over fracking, or extracting oil or natural gas by fracturing underground rock with pressurized water or other liquids.

      I don’t know nearly enough about fracking yet to judge how well justified the concerns are against it. It seems like many processes to be a practice that could easily cause major damage to an ecosystem, but perhaps the damage is limited in scope. Or perhaps not, I really haven’t found conclusive evidence either way.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/us/24ttnaturalgas.html?_r=1&ref=politics

      For some general context here is a report published by a oil and gas industry organization on the chemicals used is fracking:
      http://www.energyindepth.org/frac-fluid.pdf
      and here is a much more scientific/scholarly approach that I will openly admit I’m only five pages into:
      http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/GWPCMarcellus.pdf


    3. This is a cool video on providing alternative energy sources to Afghanistan. Maybe we can use this as an example for other middle countries?

      http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/04/11/nr.alt.energy.cnn?iref=allsearch


    4. This article highlights the increased scrutiny that ethanol has recently come under, particularly due to the corruption that is associated with it. It also sheds light on the negative consequences of using ethanol, such as taking food away from people. Should we continue to think of ethanol as a green alternative, or should we pursue other alternatives more extensively?

      http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/04/22/earth.day.ethanol/index.html?iref=allsearch


    5. Many people say that acting to prevent climate change greater than that which we are already experiencing would cost too much, and is therefore not worth it. Well, doing nothing might cost even more.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/18/climate-change-costs-report_n_850810.html

    6. beverly1748 Says:

      sorry for the late notice–i just got this.

      Japanese Nuclear Disaster: Impacts & Implications
      Talk by Daniel Hirsch, UCSC Lecturer on Nuclear Policy Tues, 4/19 @ 7pm Stevenson Event Ctr. Free & Open to the Public

      Another opportunity to hear a talk by a local resource who knows more about nuclear issues than pretty much anybody — and has a great deal more WISDOM on it than most of the other “experts”.
      His talks are always electrifying (shocking!).
      GO TO THIS — and SPREAD THE WORD! (Enough of this “environmentalist” nonsense that nuclear fission power plants are our only realistic hope for avoiding a worsening of climate change, already!)
      — Joe Jordan, Cabrillo Instructor

    7. beverly1748 Says:

      Wed nite, 4/20 @ 9pm channel 9, KQED
      Nova presents: A Power Surge, the Green Revoltuion
      some surprising sources of renewables

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