MIT Energy Initiative
Energy Classes at MIT

Politics of Energy and the Environment

Meets Energy Minor Requirements

Core - Social Science

Class Number

11.162

Level

Undergraduate

Term

Spring

Description

Focuses on the politics of making local, state, national and international decisions on energy and the environment. Topics include implementing energy efficiency measures, siting nuclear and alternative energy plants, promoting oil and gas development offshore and in wilderness, adapting to climate change, handling toxic waste, protecting endangered species, and conserving water. Case studies include Cape Wind, disputes over oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, the response to Hurricane Katrina, and efforts to craft and comply with the greenhouse gas emissions limits.

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