ENERGY ENRICHMENT part 2 - CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS

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ENERGY ENRICHMENT part 2 - CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS

Choose one question to answer using the website: http://www.need.org/maps for your research

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1.  Which  five  states  do  you  think  have  the  most  people?   a.

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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.

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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”?  

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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?  

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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.  

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