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The Power Of One, Walt Alderman Jan 2006

The Power Of One, Walt Alderman

The University Dialogue

This paper provides a blueprint for anyone who would join the effort to prevent future wars by choosing a less energy intensive lifestyle today.


Here Comes The Sun: The Promise Of Solar Energy, Carmela Amato-Wierda Jan 2006

Here Comes The Sun: The Promise Of Solar Energy, Carmela Amato-Wierda

The University Dialogue

George Harrison, the youngest Beatle, wrote the classic “Here Comes the Sun” in 1969 after spending a glorious day walking around his friend Eric Clapton’s garden. Today, Harrison’s refrain, “And I say, ‘It’s All right’,” accords well with a solar power industry that has grown more than 30 percent in the past six years and received tax-favorable legislative approval in 2006.


Powering Down Technology, Janine Jacques Jan 2006

Powering Down Technology, Janine Jacques

The University Dialogue

This paper will examine the issue of energy consumption resulting from the use of technology. It will identify and evaluate potential solutions currently being deployed by data center managers. In addition, the paper will recommend guidelines for reducing energy consumption for both the individual and business consumer.


Energy – The Not-So Bottomless Oil Well And The Alternatives, P.T. Vasudevan Jan 2006

Energy – The Not-So Bottomless Oil Well And The Alternatives, P.T. Vasudevan

The University Dialogue

This essay examines both sides of the “Hubbert’s peak” debate and their implications for energy policy. If there is a strong case for governments to wean their economies of oil, how do they do it? What low-carbon or alternative technologies bear watching? How will these technologies affect the environment? How long will the world remain reliant on oil considering that industries are 98% dependent on petroleum products?


Hop On The Bus, Gus: The Power Of Public Transit, Sonke Dornblut Jan 2006

Hop On The Bus, Gus: The Power Of Public Transit, Sonke Dornblut

The University Dialogue

As a society, we have designed a transportation system that appears to work quite well for most of us; all we have to do is hop into a car and we are going places! Unfortunately, that system doesn’t work for all of us. The barrier to participation is really quite high. One must be able to afford a car, to maintain a car, and to insure a car and one must be able to drive - otherwise the system doesn’t offer much. In order to receive at least some benefit, access by the non-driver must be facilitated. Access facilitation ...


Our Energy (In) Security, Stacy D. Vandeveer Jan 2006

Our Energy (In) Security, Stacy D. Vandeveer

The University Dialogue

Energy issues have long been at the heart of human security concerns. At one level, we humans have always needed food energy and heat energy to survive and thrive. Yet, with the industrial revolution and our discoveries of the tremendous utility of fossils fuels like coal and oil, the security concerns related to human energy demands have expanded dramatically as our demand for energy accelerated rapidly. My proposed Discovery Dialogue essay begins by noting the eternal human need for energy supplies of various kinds. It then focuses attention on the contemporary links between energy and security at three levels of ...


Energy's Human Face: Immigrant Stories In Song, David K. Ripley Jan 2006

Energy's Human Face: Immigrant Stories In Song, David K. Ripley

The University Dialogue

My proposal for the UNH Discovery Dialogue concerns a form of social energy at the roots of our American social experience. This is the energy of those individuals who came as immigrants to our country as a result of their own personal decisiveness.


Overpowered: American Domination, Democracy And The Ethics Of Energy Consumption, Ruth Sample Jan 2006

Overpowered: American Domination, Democracy And The Ethics Of Energy Consumption, Ruth Sample

The University Dialogue

The United States has used its overwhelming political and economic power to secure for itself a disproportionate share of the world’s non-renewable energy resources, most of which are located outside of our borders. We therefore produce a disproportionate amount of pollution, some of which affects people and ecosystems outside of our own borders.


Peak Oil, Geopolitics And The Need For Relocalization: Will Our Magnificent Obsession Become Our Obsolete Obsession?, John E. Carroll Jan 2006

Peak Oil, Geopolitics And The Need For Relocalization: Will Our Magnificent Obsession Become Our Obsolete Obsession?, John E. Carroll

The University Dialogue

This essay will look at the peak oil question, contemporary “oil geopolitics” and their effect not only on energy supplies, but also on transportation, agriculture and food supplies, and population distribution in the United States. While the war in Iraq forms a centerpiece in the geopolitical scene, Russia, China, and other nations will be discussed as well. This essay will also examine the inevitable relocalization which appears to be a necessary result.


Climate In The Balance, Cameron P. Wake Jan 2006

Climate In The Balance, Cameron P. Wake

The University Dialogue

This essay explores how our climate system works, how humans are changing the climate system, and how we might face the challenges of reducing our negative impact on the climate system in the future.