Energy and Climate Change
Our acquisition and consumption of energy raise many issues:
* Skyrocketing demand (and price) for energy in rich and poor countries alike.
* Limited oil supplies, most of which are located in politically volatile parts of the world.
* Air pollution and harmful changes in the world’s climate due to a heavy reliance on fossil fuels.
* The dangers of nuclear proliferation, the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste, and the accidental exposure to radiation associated with the use of nuclear power.
This course will explore the central role that energy plays in the functioning of modern society and the implications of the choices we make today to meet future energy needs. In so doing, we will touch upon issues that have important strategic, economic, environmental, diplomatic, political, technological and security implications.