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Dr. Michael Dalecki

Professor of Sociology,
Sustainability and Renewable Energy

136 Gardner Hall
(608) 342-1807 (office)

It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this--things are not what they seem.--Peter Berger

Note: the articles listed below are tools we use in ENERGY 2130. Not all are "authoritative" in the sense that they are "correct." Some are used to illustrate a particular point of view, others as examples to use in developing greater critical thinking ability, still others as sources of information. Do not view the entirety of them as typically reflective of my views, as any kind of endorsement, or as the basis of the entire course curricula.

Unit 2

Population Presentation (D2L)
A Century of Population Change in the Age and Sex Composition of the Nation
Americaís Age Profile Told through Population Pyramids
Hans Rosling and the Magic Washing Machine
Carrying Capacity
Positive Checks
Demographic Transition
Energy and Agriculture
Push and Pull Factors
Sustainable Thinking Presentation (D2L)

Unit 1

History, Energy Trends, Markets
Finviz Futures
Energy Overview--EIA
PEAK OIL: Read pages 32-40 in our textbook.
Definition of BTU
Demand Destruction
Futures Prices WTI--CME
Is Resurgent Dr. Copper About to Relapse?
Trump Fires First Round in Trade Wars--Solar Panels
Article on wind-powered cars, on D2L
Degree Day Explanation

Currencies, Exchange Rates, Strength of Dollar, Relationship to Trade and Prices
Int'l Currency Exchange Rates (explained)
Venezuela Currency Disintegrates
Record High Venezuela Inflation, above 7000%
Dolartoday (Black Market Venzuela Exchange Rate)
Official Bolivar/Dollar Exchange Rate
Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe
De-Dollarization Spikes - Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars For Oil Payments
A Primer on Reserve Currencies
Explaining Reserve Currency
America's Weapons: The Dollar and the Drone.
Suddenly de-dollarization is a thing.

Economics, Markets
Supply and Demand Curves
Price Elasticity of Demand
Counterparty Risk
Forward Contract
Futures Contract
Futures Markets (Chicago Mercantile Exchange)
Futures: Margin
Margin (Performance Bond) Explained
What is a bond?
Why does a bond's price decrease when interest rates increase?
PEAK OIL: Pages 32-40 in our book
Peak Oil--Wikipedia. Introduction only; use w/ Caution

Energy Costs, Types
BTU Content of Different Fuels
What is a THERM
Watts; from Volts and Amps
Kilowatt (KW), Kilowatt Hour (KWh)
Wisconsin Residential Bill Guide

New Perspectives on EROI of Corn Ethanol (Murphy and Hall)This is one view; there are others.
EROI explanation, pages 173-175 in our book
How Cap and Trade works
Carbon Offsets
North Atlantic Currents, Effect on Europe

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