Energy Policy

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This final paper will consist of two separate essays, each of which should be 4-6 double-spaced pages (50 points each).

The first essay will be about your experience with the game “Fate of the World”. Your goal for this assignment is to play (and, if possible, win) the Fuel Crisis and “Three Degrees” missions in Fate of the World (on normal difficulty). Try to set aside enough time to play these missions a few times, so that you can try to get through these difficult scenarios.
You will first need to play a few simpler/easier missions to unlock the “Three Degrees” mission – they are “Rise of Africa” and “Fuel Crisis”. Rise of Africa is a tutorial mission and shouldnt give you any trouble, but Fuel Crisis is pretty tricky. As you play, you may want to take notes on what strategies you attempted and why, what worked, and what didn’t work.
Students are encouraged to work together and share notes/strategies. Students are also welcome to play through the missions jointly with another student (In this case, you would still need two separate essays, but about the same playthrough). You are welcome to use online resources, such as the Fate of the World wiki ( or walkthroughs/guides. As a warning: the walkthroughs are of pretty poor quality and are often contradictory, so I suggest that you not poison your mind with them until you run into trouble with your own strategy.
You can get some extra consideration on this assignment in two ways: by beating the Fuel Crisis and/or “Three Degrees” missions or contributing some useful information to the mycourses discussion page. If you do manage to beat the Fuel Crisis or “Three Degrees” missions (not on easy mode), take a picture of the victory screen and attach it to the essay. As to the discussion page, Ill start a new topic on mycourses (the only topic in there) and put in some tips from my experience. If you find any useful/interesting strategies, post them there. If you run into trouble and cannot beat a mission, post a description of your problem there.

You have to install the game and it will cost you 18$ ((( please pay it then tell me how I could give it to you )))
The essay that you write should address some or all of the following topics:

  1. What did you do during your playing of Fate of the World? What strategies did you pursue? What worked? What didn’t work? How did you adapt to the problems that you ran into? What was important for the different regions?
  2. Did you work with others or look things up? What ideas did other people provide that you tried? Did those ideas work for you?
  3. What did you learn from playing the game? Is there anything that surprised you? What metrics were most important, and how did you use that information? What problems seemed insurmountable?
  4. What lessons does the game have for real-life management of future energy/environmental/economic issues? What difficulties are there in going from a single decision maker (as in the game) to a variety of loosely cooperating nations?
  5. What do you think about the science and technology as it is presented in the game? Is it accurate/realistic? Is the modeling of economic/environmental activity correct? (Some research into this would be reasonable)
    Note: Please you should capture the final score that you get from the game after win((very important point))

For the second essay, choose one of the following three topics. These essays need to be distinctly longer and more complex than the weekly homework assignments (4-6 double spaced pages), and I also want them to be better edited and contain generally higher quality writing. This means that I will be looking for good structure and organization, investigation of ideas, and support for your arguments.

  1. Using what you have learned about US energy policy (the focus of this course), discuss how the energy policy for a developing country, such as China or India, should differ from the policies in a developed country. The US energy system is constrained by one hundred years of energy and transportation infrastructure, and developing countries may have more flexibility in their choice of policies. For a developing country, what should be different than the US experience? What should be the same? Make sure you do some good research on this I dont want to read 5 pages of your random thoughts on the topic.
    You probably want to make this both theoretical and practical. Think about the limitations that developing countries face and any advantages that they might have. How might these shift what types of energy policies would be prudent? Do political and social factors affect energy policy? How? On the practical side, what does the energy policy scene actually look like in developing countries? Are they pursuing different policies? If so, how are they different and why might that make sense? It certainly makes sense to read up on actual energy policy in the developing countries you are discussing.

  2. What are some methods that can affect and improve the culture of wasteful energy that is prevalent in the United States? Amory Lovins suggests that we should develop cultural/social motivations to enact change, but how? Perform a literature search and present some ideas on this topic from two or more of these fields: sociology, behavioral psychology, social economics, history, other (anything you can find that is relevant). Compare and contrast the suggested solutions and discuss whether you think any of them would actually work.
    While energy sources will start getting tighter in the future (though still in decent supply), it is clear that climate change will probably force us to make significant changes to the way that we consume energy. These changes will be difficult, though it may be easier if accompanied by cultural changes. How might we achieve this? What cultural changes have happened in history that might be relevant? How might we engineer or encourage better behavior? Will any of this work enough to get the changes that we need?

  3. Create a comprehensive energy policy for a fictional or real US Presidential candidate. You can pretend that an election is coming up (even though it wont actually be for another year). You can declare a policy written for a generic candidate, but it will probably make more sense if you choose a particular candidate or a particular party. Your energy policy should include (but you are not limited to) preferences for:

– Transportation policy (EVs? Hydrogen? Mass transit? CAFE standards? Biofuels?)
– Electricity policy (Renewables? Nuclear? Coal?)
– Domestic Production (shale gas? Broader oil production?)
– International issues (Keystone pipeline? Climate agreements?)
– Climate and environmental policy (How to deal with CO2 and other emissions?)
– Other relevant issues (energy efficiency? R&D?)
As you think about this, you need to consider the same things that real-life policy planners have to think about:
-What is the best policy? Is that the same policy that people want? How can we sell a better plan to the public, or should we just fall back and choose a more popular plan?
-What particular policies will you pursue? (Example: If you want to support renewable electricity, there are many ways to do this: R&D funding, production tax credit, renewable portfolio standards, carbon taxes, etc. Would you use one of these or all of them? Make sure to specify, rather than saying I would promote renewables.)
-What interests will this set of policies be up against, and do we care about their reaction? Are there other outside interests that would support our plan? What are the costs and benefits of this plan?
-How do the different pieces of the plan interact? Are these policies consistent with each other?
-Is this an electable energy policy, or will it drive voters away?
In your essay, you should imagine that this is an internally written (and private) correspondence to the candidates political team, so you dont need to be