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7.3 Environmental quality.
7.4 Fossil fuel supplies are limited.
Energy affects quality of life .
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
6.2 Conserving energy.
Human use of energy.
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- Could be linked with the National Academies website America's Energy Future: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/Energy/index.htm and http://needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/
About the Science
- Good overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the United States in order to reduce carbon emissions and decarbonize society.
- Glosses over some details such as the statement nuclear energy does not produce carbon emissions, which ignores carbon emissions involved with mining, refining, and transportation.
- The video is emotionally loaded (especially with the dramatic music that is played during the clip). Its intent is to inspire awareness and change, not to teach science content.
- Does not address the facts that we need a portfolio of energy sources not just nuclear and renewable energy.
- Comments from expert scientist: The activity gives a fairly basic but comprehensive overview on the energy portfolio of the U.S. The video inserts facts and figures on the use of these energy technologies throughout the lesson. The credentials of the 3 hosts are given at the end of the lesson. Video is out-dated, and it doesn't mention fracking, which is a big topic today.
About the Pedagogy
- Video may be used to stimulate discussion in classrooms but requires unpacking more details since the reality is not necessarily as rosy as it painted here.
- Important to drill down more into the details of science content.
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