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Fall 2017
Nov 19, 2017
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AMST 353 - Energy in America
This course will examine the role energy plays in American society from 
the early days of wood burning stoves and whale oil lanterns through the 
discovery of crude oil and electricity more than 100 years ago up to the 
present focus on climate change, renewable energy and homeland security. 
Not since the oil crises in the 1970s has energy been at the forefront 
of every major policy discussion. And this time, alternative energy and 
climate change have demonstrated much more traction than 30 years ago. 
Both Obama and McCain included energy as a major policy platform, 
reaching parity with the Iraq war in terms of importance. It was only 
the collapse of the capital markets in October 2008 that allowed the 
economy to overshadow energy in terms of importance to voters.

Although energy has been essential to modernization in every developed 
and developing country, no other country has utilized energy to such 
advantage as America has. From the steam engine to the internal 
combustion engine to the nuclear power plant, America has used energy to 
fuel its growth and rise to power.

We will examine the public policy implications of reliance on fossil 
fuel from national security to the theory of “peak oil” to 
macroeconomics to pressure on the environment. This course will also 
review the growing renewable energy industry, the “green movement,” 
climate change and carbon trading and the stated policy directions of 
the incoming administration and place all of this in the context of 
American Studies.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

American Studies Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Social Science

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