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Prerequisites: Curiosity, willingness to work with energy concepts and numbers, and to work in interdisciplinary teams.
Can a society replace fossil fuels in our energy economy? Needing numbers, rather than guesses or emotional statements pro and con, we will make a rigorous analysis of energy consumption will include car travel, jet flights, heating and cooling, lights, gadgets, food and fertilizer, and manufacturing "stuff" (raw materials, production, use, disposal); on the energy production side we will consider wind, solar heating, solar photovoltaics, geothermal, hydro, and biomass. Student groups will develop the balance sheets, applying logic and techniques in recently published analysis for Britain to make an independent analysis for the State of Utah. The expected outcome is an answer to our leading questions applied to Utah.