The United States Energy policy: As determined by non-experts

Zachary Foltz*, Amanpreet Kaur, William Henry Tushaus, Brian Vincent Skalak, Christopher Sears Mikelson, Mani Mina

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There are many major environmental issues challenging the world today, including global warming and limited fossil fuel resources. Due to these issues, the methods used by the United States to produce energy and the technology behind these methods are becoming increasingly vital. There are several committees and departments whose role it is to choose what the United States will allow or invest in when it comes to producing and distributing energy to the citizens. These include the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. These organizations solicit advice from experts in the energy sector. Despite these expert opinions, sometimes energy policies clash with the very objectives they were designed to achieve. This paper seeks to examine the decisions being made in this political arena as well as the impacts of decisions made regarding these policies. The nature of the professional opinions that have been given are also addressed. This paper seeks to identify the value and importance of technological literacy in policy makers as can be achieved by encouraging technical literacy for nonengineering students in the classroom today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780878232413
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012

Publication series

NameASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2153-5965


Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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