This lesson has been a whirlwind look at US Energy Policy over time. We've looked at the historical energy policies that have shaped our current policies, and we've speculated on what future energy policies could look like. In addition to exploring the energy policies of the United States, we also took some time to understand how our policies here in the US influence larger international policies like the Kyoto Protocol for addressing climate change.
Important Concepts to take away from this lesson
What you should really take away from this lesson is a sense of complexity. The issues surrounding the formation and passage of energy legislation are many, and the interested parties are diverse. Because energy is so directly linked to everything we do (and buy), the policies we implement have profound impacts - both good and bad. It's also important to recognize the interconnected nature of energy policies across the globe. The success or failure of future international agreements will hinge on the joint cooperation of emission powerhouses, the United States, China, and India. Can they find common ground moving forward, or will the latest round of climate negotiations result in more finger pointing and waiting for the other guy to blink? And, while all of this political posturing is happening at various scales, the issues surrounding a more sustainable and secure energy future only grow. Can we do this from the ground up? Or do we need our political leaders to be on board? Just a few things to think about as you develop your Research Project policy and as you continue through the course.
Reminder - Complete all tasks!
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