Briefing paper

This is part 1 of the U.S. Energy Budget project.

Groups of 3 people (well, 2-4 are acceptable) will pick one topic to write 'briefing papers' on, with information that will be useful to any group playing the simulation. Sign up for a topic (on Moodle).

Some suggested topics are listed below. You may instead propose a different topic, not listed--but then need your instructor's approval before pursuing the topic.

  • Nuclear power (see: France)
  • Solar power (see: Germany)
  • Wind power (see: Denmark)
  • Biofuels (see: Brazil)
  • Geothermal (see: Iceland)
  • Population growth (see: China, Italy, "The Stork and the Plow" by Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, Gretchen Daily.)
  • Conservation - Building practices (see: Sweden)
  • Conservation - Transportation
  • Cleaner coal
  • Natural Gas (see: USA/fracking)

Start your reading:

Each person in the group will write a short (1-2 pages, before you get to the references) paper on some aspect of your group's topic. You will meet together to decide how to split up the topic. Your group should address the following aspects of your topic. * Some suggested resources at the Good Library are also listed. [Grading rubric]

* Not all of these will apply in quite the same way to the population growth topic, or some other topics you might pick.

Cite your reputable sources. Use standard English grammar and your spell checker...

Write your paper up--probably using MS-Word. When you're finished, one person in your group can start up a new topic in the Briefing Papers forum (on Moodle) by replying to Paul's post, but with the topic of your paper. Copy all your individual papers into one Word file, which you'll upload in your post and make sure you indicate who all was in your group.

In addition to writing up your paper, I'd also like each one to comment or add questions to two other group's papers in the forum.