OSHR 1613 - Thinking About Energy Policy Choices Today

  • Noncredit
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This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

With so much noise generated by interest groups and politicians concerning favored energy supply technologies, how are we to organize our thinking and reach decisions about energy policy choices and the manner in which they will shape the world tomorrow?

We will examine an organizing framework for analysis of energy technologies and national energy policy choices in terms of their financial, social, environmental, welfare and national security costs and benefits. U.S. energy policy choices will be examined in the context of major social goals (growth, equity), with treatment of conflicts and trade-offs between energy development and other social values, health and safety, cultural and aesthetic values.

Recommended Reading: Energy Policy Analysis: A Conceptual Framework, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2013 ISBN: 9780765623829

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Instructors

Michael Hamilton, Ph.D.

Michael Hamilton, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Southern Maine where he specialized in environment and natural resources policy. He has 33 years teaching experience at the Universities of New Mexico, Wyoming, and Colorado State. He has authored over 110 scholarly books, journal articles, chapters, and research papers.

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