EGEE 439
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources

5.4 Assignments

Homework #5

For this homework, you will read four selections and compose an essay.

  1. Please read the following selections. The first three can be accessed via the links in the Lesson 5 Module in Canvas. The Laughlin selection can be accessed via the Library Reserves link in the General Information Module.
    • Wald, Matthew. "On the Horizon, Planes Powered by Plant Fuel." New York Times 17 Jan. 2012. (Link in Lesson 5 Module)
    • "Obama’s Pitch on Energy." New York Times 14 Feb. 2012, The Opinion Pages sec. (Link in Lesson 5 Module)
    • Taylor, James. "Trump's Energy Policy: 10 Big Changes", Opinion Contributor, Forbes 26 December 2016. (Link in Lesson 5 Module)
    • Laughlin, Robert B. Powering the Future: How We Will (eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow. New York: Basic, 2011. Print. (Chapter 3) (Library Reserves)
  2. Write a summary of each article, addressing these three questions:
    • Question #1: What is the perspective of the article?
    • Question #2: Do you agree/disagree with it?
    • Question #3: Explain why.

Some notes on format:

  • Approximate length – 1-1½ pages total (a paragraph for each article), double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 point font, name at the top
  • Essay should incorporate answers to all 3 questions for each article
  • Use footnotes to indicate which reading you are referring to (i.e., Wald, pg #)
  • Use as filename your user ID_HW5 (i.e., ceb7_HW5)
  • Upload it to the Homework #5 Assignment in the Lesson 5 module in Canvas.

(12 points)

Discussion #5

Go to the Discussion #5 Discussion Forum in the Lesson 5 folder under the Lessons tab in Canvas. Post a response that includes discussion of the following questions:

  1. Do you think that jet fuel generated from biomass will make an impact on the jet fuel market?
  2. What do you think about the proposed energy policy and suggestions about impacting the Big Oil companies?
  3. What are the “jungle laws” that appear to be governing our energy policy currently?

Take some time to review others' responses. Then respond to at least one other person’s post. Discussions will be reviewed by the instructor (me), and grades will reflect critical thinking in your input and responses.

(5 points)

Exam #2

This week you will complete Exam #2. It can be accessed in the Lesson 5 Module in Canvas.