Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Earth: Operators' Manual
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
5.1 Energy decisions are made at many levels.
5.7 Social Factors.
6.2 Conserving energy.
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- A video that starts a module about wind energy.
- Segment 9 directly feeds into segment 10 and is relevant to facilitate a discussion on renewable energy.
- See: http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/for_educators
About the Science
- The statement that,"energy efficiency worldwide could reduce demand by fully one third by 2030" is debatable. Long-term energy demand actually increases with increased energy efficiency because energy efficient devices have more applications (Jevon's Paradox: http://www.eoearth.org/article/jevons_paradox).
- Numbers given are not cited, but it can be assumed that when presented by scientist Richard Alley, they are well researched.
- Discusses pros and cons of wind energy (emphasizing pros) and the need for continued research into renewables and energy efficient technology.
- The 2030 energy portfolio proposed is overly ambitious and would require an unlikely build-out of renewable energy infrastructure and technological development.
- Comments from expert scientist: Good overview and outlook. No major problems.
About the Pedagogy
- Shows how wind is a potential energy resource in West Texas, which sits at the southern end of the US wind corridor.
- Talks about how "green energy" translates to economic gains for some stakeholders in communities.
- An annotated script, learning objectives, vocabulary, and teaching tips are provided.
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