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Energy Mix: Recipe for the future.

Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute

This short video touches briefly on the future of global energy and which energy sources best meet four energy-choice criteria: affordable, available, reliable, and clean.

Video length is 2:51 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks.
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4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.

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Different ways of obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy have different environmental consequences.
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Industry, transportation, urban development, agriculture, and most other human activities are closely tied to the amount and kind of energy available. People in different parts of the world have different amounts and kinds of energy resources to use and use them for different purposes.
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Teaching Tips

  • This website has great potential for research projects for students.
  • The video does not get into policy aspects regarding the allocation of energy resources to meet the countries' energy needs. Classes can discuss how do we waste and/or conserve energy and what are regional/national/global policies could drive to make energy more affordable, available, reliable, and clean. Students could be broken into groups representing different regional interests.

About the Science

  • The video discusses the future of global energy and stresses that more natural gas, more nuclear, and a lot more renewables need to be developed. This is not based on policy, but because these energies best meet the four criteria of energy choice: affordable, available, reliable and clean. It will be decades before these energies overtake oil and coal. In the meantime, we can make a difference today, through efficiency.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Lesson plans are not currently available but the project website indicates that they will be available in 2013.

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  • This video is also available on Vimeo.
  • No transcript or closed captioning available.

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