· Terrorism and Grids:
Our national grid is vulnerable. Attacks on a few key locations could put half of our nation into darkness. A handful of experts have proposed solutions to the problem, yet their ideas are not being heard. The Science of Electricity books and classes will highlight the threat, promote the solutions, and make our nation safe.
· Coal Power defeated with lies:
In 2007, a proposal for new coal power plants in Texas was effectively defeated by a major media campaign. The claims made by the opposition were false, yet the campaign was successful. The Science of Electricity books and classes will prevent such events and promote healthier discussions by offering a resource where the public can verify the claims made by any group.
· Offshore Wind Turbines:
Offshore wind turbines can provide a great source of power, yet residents often oppose building these turbines because the towers obstruct the view. Discussion becomes difficult because towers vary by size and distance from the shore. The Science of Electricity books and classes will help make these discussions more productive by showing exactly how much view will be obstructed for each turbine.
· Black Lung:
Despite the long history of coal mining, solutions to reduce Black Lung are difficult to find. The Science of Electricity books and classes will improve the health of coal miners by promoting the most effective solutions to reduce Black Lung.
In 2005, the EPA regulated the mercury emissions from coal power. The regulation contradicts all known science. Furthermore, the EPA is just one of many government agencies which regulates energy. The Science of Electricity books and classes will improve energy regulations by providing accurate information to anyone involved in the regulatory process.
· Yucca Mountain delayed:
Yucca Mountain has been selected as the national repository for nuclear waste. However, storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain has been delayed by opposition. In the meantime, most nuclear waste is stored above ground. The Science of Electricity books and classes will assist this debate by objectively comparing the hazards of Yucca Mountain to the hazards of current storage methods.
· Careers in Energy Technology:
One of the fastest growing sectors of our economy is the energy sector. Some of the jobs in greatest demand will be wind power technicians, solar cell technicians, mining safety engineers, and power grid engineers. The Science of Electricity books and classes devote significant attention to those areas, and therefore will be a valuable set of resources for students of energy technologies.