United States of Energy
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High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
About Teaching Climate Literacy
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.5 Electricity generation.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.
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- Probably best used as an introduction to fuels and energy usage.
- There are a lot of graphics presented in a long list. The map of the United States regional energy resources is the most useful to use in energy-related activities.
About the Science
- This series of visualizations shows a breakdown of energy sources by state, type, change over time, usage, and source. It gives a good overview of how energy use has risen since 1949 in the US, how more energy is now imported since 1956 than produced, and how different states create and source their energy.
- Visualization may be outdated - this is from 2011, and much has changed, particularly in the renewable sector and natural gas.
Comments from expert scientist:
The resource provides a really neat summary of the energy portfolio for every State. Data are detailed and the aesthetic of the visualization format is outstanding.
Is nuclear a really 'clean' energy as stated in one of the plots in the resource? This is true if considering carbon emissions only.
Some of the data in the version 1 of the resource are 15 years old. Data used in the version 2 are more recent.
About the Pedagogy
- A good way to introduce use of fuels and energy sources in the US.
- Visually appealing.
- Does contain a lot of graphics and basic information.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Animation supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2
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.