Event Title

Session C1: APS, AAPT, and SPS Poster Session - Energy {\&} Climate: Getting Quantitative

Presenter Information

Richard Wolfson, Middlebury College

Location

Concourse, Campus Center, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Event Website

http://blogs.umass.edu/nes2011/

Start Date

18-11-2011 6:40 PM

End Date

18-11-2011 6:52 PM

Description

A noted environmentalist claims that buying an SUV instead of a regular car is energetically equivalent to leaving your refrigerator door open for seven years. A fossil-fuel apologist argues that solar energy is a pie-in-the-sky dream promulgated by na\"{\i}ve environmentalists, because there's nowhere near enough solar energy to meet humankind's energy demand. A group advocating shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant claims that 70{\%} of its electrical energy is lost in transmission lines. Around the world, thousands agitate for climate action, under the numerical banner ``350.'' Neither the environmentalist, the fossil-fuel apologist, the antinuclear activists, nor most of those marching under the ``350'' banner can back up their assertions with quantitative arguments. Yet questions about energy and its environmental impacts almost always require quantitative answers. Physics can help! This poster gives some cogent examples, based on the newly published 2$^{nd}$ edition of the author's textbook \textit{Energy, Environment, and Climate}.

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Nov 18th, 6:40 PM Nov 18th, 6:52 PM

Session C1: APS, AAPT, and SPS Poster Session - Energy {\&} Climate: Getting Quantitative

Concourse, Campus Center, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

A noted environmentalist claims that buying an SUV instead of a regular car is energetically equivalent to leaving your refrigerator door open for seven years. A fossil-fuel apologist argues that solar energy is a pie-in-the-sky dream promulgated by na\"{\i}ve environmentalists, because there's nowhere near enough solar energy to meet humankind's energy demand. A group advocating shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant claims that 70{\%} of its electrical energy is lost in transmission lines. Around the world, thousands agitate for climate action, under the numerical banner ``350.'' Neither the environmentalist, the fossil-fuel apologist, the antinuclear activists, nor most of those marching under the ``350'' banner can back up their assertions with quantitative arguments. Yet questions about energy and its environmental impacts almost always require quantitative answers. Physics can help! This poster gives some cogent examples, based on the newly published 2$^{nd}$ edition of the author's textbook \textit{Energy, Environment, and Climate}.

http://scholarworks.umass.edu/climate_nuclearpower/2011/nov18/19