So you want to be in the energy biz. Do you have what it takes? It’s April Fools' Day--- test your energy IQ and find out where you belong in the dynamic energy sector.
1) Is prefabricated housing cheaper and/or greener than stud built construction?
2) Did a Chinese developer build a prefabricated 30 story hotel in 15 days?
3) Canada has a glut of oil and gives the United States bargain pricing. So, why does the United States buy oil from Venezuela?
4) For the Keystone XL Pipeline, what does the XL stand for? Hint, don’t confuse pipelines with men’s boxer shorts.
5) Several decades ago, Canada sued the United States over acid rain caused by coal fired electric plants. As a condition for the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, did Secretary John Kerry suggest that Canada not sue the United States over any resulting greenhouses gases?
6) What is the second most abundant greenhouse gas after CO2?
7) After problems with ratifying cap and trade, the United States relies on the Massachusetts v. EPA decision which provides EPA authority to regulate carbon emissions. Some legal scholars feel this ruling is flawed and advocate carbon taxes as an alternative. Why do they think that the Court’s decision was bogus?
8) I have reinvented myself as a futurist and now read all things futuristic. I recently reviewed Al Gore’s new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. According to Albert, two of the six drivers are related to consumption, energy, and sustainability. In the review, I wrote, “Gore has championed technology while living in his large Tennessee estate and flying on private jets, both large emitters of greenhouse gases, while simultaneously gaining notoriety as a spokesman for reducing our carbon footprint and sounding the alarm on the fallout from climate change.” Is Al Gore mentally homeless?
9) Markets assume consumers make knowledgeable and rational buying decisions. However, according to numerous behavioral economics studies this assumption is not true. Consequently, this phenomenon justifies government intervention (nudges) for our own good, I suppose. Irrational behavior is a major challenge for libertarian and conservative economists. Do they have an answer to get the government off our backs and let markets determine consumption?
10) Where do you buy windmills? A- From a guy named Luigi in New Jersey B-From a guy named Swifty Lazar in Chicago C- The Whole Earth Catalog D- None of the above
1) You can make prefab housing as green and cheap as you wish. It is a tradeoff between your budget with quality materials and green features. Compare the Chinese built trailers used after Hurricane Katrina, which emitted VOCs from the sealant in the cheap laminated walls, later determined health hazards, with the million dollar homes in California inhabited by the Whole Foods eating, Prius driving, and save the manatees crowd.
2) Yes. See Wired and New York Times coverage of Zhang Yue.
3) Canada already has a pipeline that serves parts of the upper Midwest and the Northwest. Other parts of the United States are currently served by ports in the Gulf. The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would serve other portions of the United States. This decision is a balancing act between numerous factors--- the environment, energy security, economic prosperity, etc.
4) Export Limited. Life does not always make sense.
5) No, I just made this up.
6) Methane. Created by cow flatulence and Democratic Congressmen. [Source protected by law that protects sources]
7) Under the Clean Air Act, EPA has authority to regulate toxins that directly affect humans. Carbon affects humans indirectly through climate change.
8) Yes. Keep that electric meter spinning and the ranting going Al. It’s just a matter a time until you receive a Pulitzer to go along with those other worthless awards you have.
9) TBD. I have contacted several libertarian economists, but cannot get a satisfactory answer. Apparently, this is a bugger.
10) D- None of the above. Look in the phonebook under windmills.
Correct Answers and Career Placement
8-10 VP material. You can refer to Mr. Pickens as Boone
6-7 Join the Special Forces and capture Al Gore
4-5 Windmill procurement executive for T. Boone Pickens
2-3 Windmill repairman
0-1 Technician measuring cow flatulence and greenhouse gases
Where Do You Buy Windmills And Other Energy Trivia