*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 and the history of production and demand since the invention of the steam engine and the discovery of oil. We will consider the utilization of coal, oil, and natural gas in the US since 1970 to address key current issues, such as the future of coal, OPEC control of oil prices, fracking, energy policy shifts in the US, and the role of climate change as a driver of energy policy. We'll compare the outlook for future fossil fuel use, deployment of renewables, and climate change in developing economies and in Europe and the US. Events right up to the time of the course will be included. Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 20.

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 in Champaign-Urbana. He currently serves on project advisory groups for The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Illinois, and for Kyushu University, Japan.

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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
B204 Robert Finley Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11 Tu 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Homewood Suites A

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