Problems of the Global Oil System: Why teach about oil?

Oil pumpjacks in Venezuela (TalCual Digital, Caracas)

Recently, I sent off a proposal for a new course, “Problems of the Global Oil System.”  The introduction asks rhetorically: “Why Teach About Oil?”

Debates in the U.S. over oil and energy policy often resemble election campaigns, fought out with factoids and unconstrained partisanship.  Of course, deciding technical-scientific policy is inherently political.  But there are politics and there are politics.  In the proposal, I argue that  “Oil’s persistent domestic & global centrality” will extend at least another 25-to-30 years, so teaching about oil is necessary to  empower students to participate in forming energy policy democratically.

But, do the facts actually support the conclusion that petroleum’s central role in society–in both domestic and international affairs–will persist for at least 25-30 years hence?  Here is the brief argument in the introduction (and the conceptual outline of the course) for your consideration:Click here to open Proposed Course: “Problems of the Global oil System” — Why teach about oil?


One response to “Problems of the Global Oil System: Why teach about oil?

  1. Non-Renewable energy will end after next 50 years
    The non renewable energies are end after next 50 year. so then what we do??? it is huge problem of futuer in the world. I think it is very conflict in futuer. some time will be war in the world for energy. so now we must think about that deeply. as well as we must move to another energy source. as renewable energy source if not we can’t face that problem suddenly when it come to close. so lets we move to renewable energy.
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