Spring 2008 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Energy and Environmental Policy Challenges
Instructor(s): Charles Groat
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 64295
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.102
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Cross List with EER 396

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course will focus on current issues surrounding our choices of energy resource and technology options for the future and the environmental implications of the various options. Topics will include energy resource choices (oil, gas, coal, uranium, unconventional, and renewable resources) and their domestic and international policy consequences. The geopolitical consequences of competition for these resources will be highlighted with emphasis on the United States, China, and India. Technology, economic, and policy issues related to emerging technologies (solar, wind) and the environmental context (global warming, water quantity and quality, landscape integrity) in which energy choices and policies are being shaped will be considered. Course format will include lectures by the instructor and visiting specialists and student presentations on a term project involving legislation or treaties currently under consideration.

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