AT 4-001_FA20: Course Alias:
Is the world running out of oil? Is it possible for the U.S. to become ?energy independent?? What are the costs and benefits to society of fracking? This course invites students to critically assess existing U.S. oil policy and make informed recommendations for the future. Issues to be explored are the supply and demand for this nonrenewable resource, its historical importance to the U.S. economy, and its national security and environmental consequences. We will examine various policy options, including supply-based measures such as increased oil drilling and use of unconventional sources, as well as demand-based measures such as fuel economy standards, oil taxes, conservation incentives, increased public transportation, and alternatives to oil. Throughout this course, we will work together to develop our research, writing, and presentation skills, and become familiar with class preparation and participation expectations at Eckerd.