Category Archives: Energy Policy

Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

The weekly quiz is now live in Mypoliscilab. Good luck!

Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

The weekly quiz is now live in Mypoliscilab. Good luck!

Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

The weekly quiz is now live in Mypoliscilab. Good luck!

Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Gasoline Prices

Experts believe that the recent increase in gasoline prices is not likely to affect the economic recovery. What do you think?

Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Rising Gas Price

The price of gas has been on the rise for over 30 days, and some economists are concerned that it might stifle the economic recovery. What do you think?

Japan’s China Syndrome

Internationally recognized symbol.

China Syndrome describes a situation after a nuclear meltdown when the core components of a nuclear reactor burn through the rector itself into the earth, then notionally through the crust and body of the Earth until it reaches China. Core components’ burning all the way to China is complete hyperbole but the highly radioactive core components will reach the ground water contaminating water supplies for hundreds of generations. It is now believed that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, which experienced a catastrophic meltdown following a record 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, is now

A nations energy policy refers to the governmental plan of action regarding the issues of energy production, distribution, supply and consumption.This catastrophe raises serious questions concerning energy policy in the U.S. and the use of nuclear power plants to meet energy needs.  Mark Benjamin posted a blog concerning the Obama administration commitment to nuclear power despite the event taking place in Japan.  However, should nuclear energy be abandoned considering the recent events in Japan?

–TERRANCE MULLINS

Drill Baby Drill?

Energy policy is the manner in which the governmental has decided to address issues of energy development, production, distribution and consumption. The attributes of energy policy includes legislation, international treaties, incentives to investment, and guidelines for energy conservation, and taxation.

With the rise in gas prices President Barack Obama current energy policy is to direct his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s coast. However, these moves will not impact the price of gasoline at the pump in the foreseeable future but may reduce dependence on the importation of oil in the long term. Not surprisingly, the oil industry is praising Obama’s decision. Yet, what happened to the concerns about possible dangers to the economy as well as the environment considering the aftermath of last year’s BP oil spill.

The Maddow Blog has a post concerning subsidies for major oil companies. However, if you were president or a member of congress, what energy policy would you formulate to decrease U.S. dependence on oil?

–TERRANCE MULLINS