There's no such thing as a free megawatt: Hydrofracking as a gateway drug to energy literacy

TitleThere's no such thing as a free megawatt: Hydrofracking as a gateway drug to energy literacy
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDuggan-Haas, D
Date Published09/2014
PublisherTeaching Geoethics Across the Geoscience Curriculum
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractSlickwater high-volume hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking is a method for extracting oil and natural gas that is highly controversial. The process is clearly environmentally damaging, but so is every method of producing energy on a large scale. This case recognizes the teachable moment provided by the heightened interest in where our energy comes from. It offers an eight hour program (designed as a teacher professional development workshop, but adaptable to undergraduate or high school courses) that complexifies what seems like a simple issue to many. It also includes links to an array of resources that provide instructional materials for teaching activities for as short as a single class or provide the foundation to a course. Investigating the environmental, cultural, and economic impacts of hydrofracking and contextualizing it in the broader energy system highlights a wide range of ethical questions and draws attention to a simple (sort of) bottom line: We need to use a lot less energy.
URLhttp://serc.carleton.edu/geoethics/activities/83908.html
Home Web Sitehttp://serc.carleton.edu/geoethics/
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