In this class we will develop a unique, “big picture” perspective on these issues, based on the concept that all energy systems, fossil and renewable, depend on finite geologic resources of the Earth. Armed with this perspective, energy consumers, producers, and policy makers can make more informed choices for the future. This course will emphasize three universal principles:
- Energy quality matters more than quantity,
- Technological advances continually redefine reality, and
- All energy systems carry their own negative consequences.