For this final essay assignment, you should address the following question:
Assume you are called upon to provide advice to the US Department of Energy (DOE) about where it should focus its attention strategically for the next 10-20 years. Based on what you have learned in this class, write an essay that makes the case for the one most important area where you think the DOE should put its effort. What do you think the greatest challenge will be in developing the energy system for the future? What are some ways that we might overcome the challenge you have identified?
As in the case of the prior essay assignments for this class, we are not looking for a “right answer” but are interested in you thinking about this issue. Establish the basis for your argument in what we have learned in class, supplemented by your own reading.