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The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy

March 24, 2014

We’ve published a series of posts related to the the Draft 2014 New York State Energy Plan, the Marcellus Shale and energy literacy on our Climate Change 101 blog as the posts included technical features that do not work on The Science Beneath the Surface’s platform.  The series of posts was authored by Don Duggan-Haas after he attended a public hearing on the Energy Plan at the University of Buffalo. He found the nature of the testimony both fascinating and troubling.

The series was also posted on the Geological Society of America’s Speaking of Geosciences Blog and on GrowWNY.org.

Here is a very brief summary of those posts and links to them.

The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy (Part 1)

This post is centered around a very brief quiz on the energy sources for electric generation for your state and a tiny bit about the public hearing. The quiz embed doesn’t work on the blog you’re reading now.

The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy (Part 2)

This post provides some comments on the content of the Draft Energy Plan and some more of the story of  what happened at the public meeting. It also offers Don’s reflections on some of the implications of what happened.

The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan as a Gateway Drug to Energy Literacy (Part 3)

The final entry in the three part series goes into more detail related to the implications of the story told in Part 2, offers some brief feedback on the Draft Energy Plan and suggests strategies for offering effective feedback on the Plan.

It also highlights a simple bottom line idea: We need to use a lot less energy.

The post also includes a political cartoon from 1861 that sends a clear message to folks today.

The whales raise a toast to the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, from Vanity Fair, April 20, 1861.

Buffalo News Op-Ed: Hydrofracking is a gateway drug to energy literacy

Don also wrote a related op-ed, “Hydrofracking is a gateway drug to energy literacy,” that appeared in the Buffalo News on March 23, 2014. The op-ed is quite a bit shorter than the three-part series, for those in a hurry.

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