Sunday, August 17, 2014

'End of Suburbia' for Geology

I've posted a lot about "The End of Suburbia," including two entries that made the 20 most read lists for the second and third year of this blog, Guide to entries that contain answers to 'The End of Suburbia' and Showing my students "End of Suburbia" again tonight.  However, those posts refer to the version of the worksheet that I use for my environmental science course, not the version I've adapted as an extra credit assignment for my geology class.  Follow over the jump for that worksheet, along with a guide to which questions they correspond to in the original environmental science version.

Short answer: 20 points total
Due in class the day of the final exam

 1. What is the relationship among cheap energy (including oil), automobiles, and suburbia? (7)

 2. Summarize the size, causes, and effects of the blackout of August 2003; include how peak usage contributed to the crisis. (8)

 3. What are the issues involved with the various modes of generating electricity, concentrating on the problems with natural gas? (9)

 4. Explain how oil depletion affects the rate of oil production (Peak Oil) and the quality of the oil produced. (10)

 5. Who originally described Peak Oil?  When?  What was his prediction for Peak Oil in the U.S.? (11)

 6. What effects would Peak Oil have on the U.S. economy?  Do these predictions sound familiar today? (12)

 7. How much of Canada’s natural gas production is exported to the United States? (13)

 8. How do fossil fuels contribute to modern agriculture? (14)

 9. How many fossil fuel calories are used to produce one calorie of food? (15)

10. What effect does Kunstler think Peak Oil will have on transportation and commerce? (17)

11. How do the people interviewed think the American people will react to energy shortages?  Include the political effects. (18)

12. How does Kunstler justify his choice of words in describing his view of the situation? (19)

13. How has reliance on oil affected U.S. foreign policy since the 1970s? (21)

14. What effect has our foreign policy had on our government expenditures and our internal politics? (22)

15. Are any of the people interviewed optimistic about the prospects for alternative energy, especially hydrogen?  Why or why not? (23)

16. What are the objections to using ethanol for fuel? (24)

17. What are the prospects for suburbia after Peak Oil? (26)

18. What effect will Peak Oil have on people’s abilities to make a living? (27)

19. How do the interviewees see the future—global, national, or local? (28)

20. What was your favorite part of the movie?  What was your least favorite part? (29 and 30 combined)

Now I have posted all the worksheets I've created for the students in my regular classes about the sustainability movies I'm currently showing.  That means it's time to start creating new ones, like the ones for "Gasland," "Chasing Ice," and possibly even "A Convenient Truth" or even "No Impact Man" to replace both "The End of Suburbia" and "An Inconvenient Truth," both which are getting dated.  As for this being my Sunday collapse-and-decline-related entertainment entry, why not?

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