How should we define “energy” in this course – and why?
There is a wide variety of uses and sources
Why are you interested in energy?
Use of resources
Does America face an “energy problem”? If so, what is it?
Cost and market efficiency
Even if we don't run out it might get really expensive
Why haven’t all the smart people working in private business solved the problem?
Focused on the supply side because demand is so high
Lack of consensus about what should be done
Because the market doesn't solve externalities - pollution - it is a secondary or unintended consequence
Why do we all need to agree?
What do you think Obama meant by “clean energy standard” “clean energy sources”
Renewables - solar, biomass, some uses of natural gas
Would this raise or lower the price of electricity?
Raise because there would be no federal push if it naturally fell
What drives the flow?
The demand and supply makes the market
Norms, values, and traditions affect the political process
What, if anything, does social science have to do with creating – or solving – the “energy problem”?
The system involves people
Why do some states use less energy per capita?
Lower density - a lot more driving
How Can “Transformation” Happen?
Individuals demand more “clean/green”
New technologies supply cheap “clean/green” energy
Government research and development
Tighten environmental regulations