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Natural Gas: Abundant and clean...er

Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute

This video is one of a series produced by the Switch Energy project. It reviews the pros and cons of natural gas as a source of energy.

Video length is 2:15 min.

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ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea

Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The educator can engage students by assigning student groups to research the pros and cons of natural gas issues (fracking, greenhouse gas content, comparison to coal, comparison to renewable energy) and have students share their findings with the class.

About the Science

  • Video merely introduces the pros and cons of natural gas and is not intended to present deep scientific concepts. This same web page offers a series of video interviews with energy experts across industry and government, representing researchers/scientists, business owners/CEOs, and governments officials.
  • Pros and cons of fracking are introduced in the video.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • This resource does not come with a teacher’s guide. It could be used as additional information in an energy unit.
  • The group of interviewees lack diversity; all the additional interviews are with white men.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • There is no transcript or closed captioned version available.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

This video is part of the Switch Energy project, http://www.switchenergyproject.com.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.

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