2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States. President Obama must make a decision about the Keystone XL Pipeline: environmentalists are urging him to turn it down because of the oil extracted from the tar sands, but others, including the Canadian Government, Exxon and other companies, and Unions looking for labor are urging him to support it. A climate expert on NPR said “if the planet heats up two more degrees, you won’t want to be here.” The seas are rising. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet. We are now being told to adapt to the warming planet.
We will be reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature, Henry Pollack’s The World Without Ice, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded, and the first essay in Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, and other texts.
We’ll be watching An Inconvenient Truth, The House I Live In, and Chasing Ice, among other films.
Because of the specific projects involved (working with wave, wind, and solar entrepreneurs, for example, as well as other kinds of projects), students wishing to take the course will interview with me.
Admission to the class is by permission of instructor. Check 3275 Angell Hall for specially posted hours for interviews for this course.