*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Fossil Fuels, Climate Change, and the Global Energy Outlook

This course begins with an overview of global fossil fuel sources, production, and demand. We next move into a detailed overview of coal, oil, and natural gas utilization in the US since 1970 to address key current questions, such as: What is the future of coal? What’s happening to OPEC control of oil prices? What is fracking, anyway? How has shale gas contributed to US energy policy shifts? Climate change is addressed as a driver (or no longer in the US?) in energy policy with a look at the global magnitude of carbon dioxide emissions. Finally, the global energy and climate outlook and likely trajectory of fossil fuel use will be compared between developing economies, Europe, and the US as a basis for discussion of issues raised by fossil fuel use, deployment of renewables, and climate concerns.
Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 21.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Robert Finley is a retired research geologist who has specialized in energy resources research and in geological storage of carbon dioxide as a response to climate change. He received a PhD in geology from the University of South Carolina. Rob carried out his research career at the state geological surveys associated with The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois. He currently serves on project advisory groups for the University of Illinois and for Kyushu University, Japan, and consults in South Korea on developing offshore geological carbon storage.

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Each session will make extensive use of slides, which will be provided as full-color, hard-copy handouts, and a reference list of online energy data sources and related materials will be provided.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B12 Robert Finley Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12 Tu 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Homewood Suites WL

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