Recommend a Responsible and Viable Energy Policy You Feel Should be Adopted in the USA (Sustainable as Possible) (Compare 2020 Actual Usage With Target Years 2030, 2040, 2050) (72 Points Possible; 18% of Total Grade This Semester)
First; Identify/Estimate the Current Energy % Usage Mix by Category (Fossil Fuels by Type, Nuclear, Solar, Hydroelectric, Wind, Geothermal, Others) for the USA in 2020 (MS Word Table or Pie Chart Graphics Mandatory) (8 points) (11.1%) (This is NOT just for electricity generation; consider cars, planes, ships, trucks, and trains that mostly do not use electricity to operate)
Next; Determine the Optimal Future Energy % Usage Mix by Category (Fossil Fuels by Type, Nuclear, Solar, Hydroelectric, Wind, Others Like H2 for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles) for the USA in Years 2030, 2040, and 2050 (MS Word Table or Pie Chart Graphics Mandatory) (The Mix Must be Feasible; 100% of Any One Source is NOT Feasible/Realistic) (16 points) (22.2%)
Finally; Provide Rationale Why We Should Increase the Reliance Upon Some Types of Energy and Decrease Reliance Upon Other Types of Energy in the Next 30 Years (Discuss Pros & Cons; Consider Economic Efficiency and Environmental Impact of Each Source); Address Both Economic (20 points) (27.8%) and Environmental Factors (16 points) (22.2%) Influencing Your Predicted Mix; Provide Back-Up/Comparison Statistics to Support Your Energy Mix Proposal: Cost of Generation per MWh in 2020/30/40/2050; Dealing With the Intermittency Issues of Solar and Wind; Job Benefits of Each Source; Green House Gas Emissions Per Source During Electricity Generation; Hidden Emissions Related to Toxic Mining of Rare Earth Metals, and Disposal of Solar Panels and Electric Car Batteries
Identify Changes Required by Corporate America in the Future (3 points) (4.2%)
Identify Changes Required by American Consumers in the Future (3 points) (4.2%)
Identify the Role the Government Should Play to Optimize the Future Mix
– Should Existing Energy-Related Regulations be Changed or New Regulations Introduced? Which Regulations and to Do What? (3 points) (4.2%)
– Should United States Government Subsidies be Given to Assist Development of New Energy Sources? What Potential Emerging Energy Technologies Should Subsidies be Given for? (3 points) (4.2%)
Identify Sources/References With a Bibliography at the End of the Paper; the Bibliography Will Not Count As Part of Your Page Count; Use the APA Method to Cite References (Graphics, Tables, and Bibliography Not Part of Page Count)
Sources:
https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/us-energy-facts/data-and-statistics.php
https://www.lazard.com/media/451881/lazards-levelized-cost-of-energy-version-150-vf.pdf

Myopic politicians are wilfully blind to the truth about green energy

https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/ieo/
https://earth.stanford.edu/news/qa-shortages-amidst-abundance-paradox-natural-gas#gs.sy7d9j
https://energyeducation.ca/encyclopedia/Levelized_cost_of_energy
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How much coal, natural gas, or petroleum is used to generate a kilowatthour of electricity?
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https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=19&t=3
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