1. Which five states do you think have the most people? a.
Now, use the maps to find the answer, writing them from greatest population to least.
What do these states have in common? What factors might contribute to their large population? c.
Which states do you think will use the most energy? Why?
How could you change this map to make it show if the people in green states are really “being green”?
Make some form of visual comparing energy expenditures and energy consumption (chart, graph…). Are they perfect matches? Explain.
Before looking at the map, which states do you think make the most electricity? What sources do these states use? Now look at the map. Which ones actually make the most electricity? Do additional research on two states that surprise you to see what sources they use.
What type of power plants do you have in your state? Predict, and then check the map. Which ones surprised you? What resource patterns do you notice throughout the country?
Analyze the three coal maps. Are the states that are using a lot of coal the ones that are producing a lot of coal? How does coal get moved from one state to another? What patterns or surprises do you find in your analysis?
If you had to name the top three energy-‐rich states, which would they be? Use the maps to find facts to back your opinion. What factors did you consider?
Analyze your state using all the source maps. Write a letter explaining to the governor your plan
for increasing energy production in your state, being as specific as you can.