I showed my students "The End of Suburbia" last week and one of them not only found the worksheet, but had the courage to come out and ask where the answers are on this blog. That's a first. It's also a sign that it's time to post an updated guide.
I recommend my students begin with Sustainability through the looking glass with Jeff Wattrick of Wonkette. It has links to where I've posted the answers in this blog as of a year ago. Here are the second and fifth paragraphs, where I give answers to questions 1, 2, 4, and 5 (hanging a lampshade on my doing so in the footnotes) and link to blog entries with answers for 8, 9, 18, 29, and 30.
For example, part of the answer to #8, "include how peak usage contributed to the crisis" is mentioned in the introduction to the worksheet post. I comment on the answer to #9 "What are the issues involved with the various modes of generating electricity, concentrating on the problems with natural gas?" in Portland is watching "The End of Suburbia", where I note things aren't as bad now as they were nine years ago when the film was shot. I mention part of the answer to #18 "How do the people interviewed think the American people will react to energy shortages? Include the political effects" in several entries. All one has to do is search for 'maniacs.' I used it first in a post about Michele Bachmann demagoguing the price of gas. Finally, one of the possible answers to #29 and #30 (it will work for either) is in Kunstler in a Big Yellow Taxi and some more are in the introduction to the worksheet entry among the student reactions.Since then, I've posted answers to questions in Votes in the suburbs, WNWO talks blackout, and WNWO examines the shrinking middle class. "WNWO talks blackout" merely repeats what I've linked to elsewhere, but "Votes in the Suburbs" and "WNWO examines the shrinking middle class" are new since "Sustainability through the looking glass with Jeff Wattrick of Wonkette," so here are the relevant passages from them.
Follow over the jump for Jeff's fantasized solutions to suburbia, a way of life that became the new American Dream and promised space, convenience, affordability, family life, and upward mobility, but instead ended up decanting cities into the countryside and becoming the greatest waste of resources in the history of the world and a living arrangement that has no future.*
*Yes, I just gave the answers to #1, #2, #4, and #5. Let's see if my students use the right search terms to find them. Muahahahaha!
By the way, my students have trouble with "decant." The only ones who understood it worked in restaurants. Once I tell them that the word means "poured out," they comprehended the concept.
One of the points made in "The End of Suburbia" is that political change that would help move the United States away from its unsustainable life style is made more difficult because about half of the U.S. population lives in suburbs, so Suburbia carries disproportionate weight in U.S. elections.I think that's enough for now. Good luck to my students as they surf through all the links and use their information literacy skills to find the answers. If they don't find enough answers, they can always search for End of Suburbia and Carter Doctrine using the search box on the upper left hand corner of the page. Carter Doctrine? That's part of the answer to two questions.
WNWO has inspired me to answer yet another of my questions from the worksheet to "The End of Suburbia."12. What effects would Peak Oil have on the U.S. economy? Do these predictions sound familiar today?The answer comes from Kenneth Deffeyes, as quoted in a review of the movie at Amazon.com.What would it be like to live after the Hubbard Peak with world oil declining? I have this list of things: seven trillion dollars lost out of the U.S. stock market, two million jobs lost in the United States, federal budget surplus - gone, state budget surpluses - gone, the middle class disappearing.That was the quote that inspired me to show this movie to my classes. I watched the short, updated version of the video online in 2008, when everything that Deffeyes listed in 2003 had already taken place and was about to get even worse. More money was lost out of the stock markets and more jobs were lost then even Deffeyes had imagined. Now, all that money and then some has returned to the market, but a lot of those jobs are still absent, and the middle class is indeed declining.
21. How has reliance on oil affected U.S. foreign policy since the 1970s?For more, look up 'fear premium.' That should deliver loads of relevant information. Happy surfing and searching!
22. What effect has our foreign policy had on our government expenditures and our internal politics?