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Energy Security: But Not Independence

Switch Energy Project

This video is a segment from the Switch Energy Project focusing on energy security. Switch Energy Project is a multi-pronged effort designed to build a balanced national understanding of energy.

Video length is 1:42 min.

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High School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas

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Teaching Tips

  • Switch Energy Project website has great potential for student research projects.
  • Consider using the website to have students do a research project on the pros and cons of different types of energy sources. Then, as a class, they can create an energy portfolio.
  • Video will easily enhance a well-designed energy lesson or unit.
  • Video is appropriate for interdisciplinary and/or social studies classrooms and projects.
  • Video will spark discussions about energy and its relation to global politics, economies and cultures.

About the Science

  • This video is an introductory video about the key points of obtaining energy security in the United States.
  • Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas, narrates the documentary.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Dr. Tinker presents scientifically credible material.

About the Pedagogy

  • Future lessons to accompany these videos are planned for this website.
  • Video presents one perspective, which can foster discussion. Could be useful for a role-playing activity (views are weighted toward the energy supply point of view).

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • This video is easily used and accessible for students.
  • Video may not work in all browsers - test your browser before screening to students.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 5

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.

HS-ESS2.D4:Current models predict that, although future regional climate changes will be complex and varied, average global temperatures will continue to rise. The outcomes predicted by global climate models strongly depend on the amounts of human-generated greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere each year and by the ways in which these gases are absorbed by the ocean and biosphere.

HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.

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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