Course Description

This course explores environmental sustainability in Europe, where many nations are significantly ahead of the U.S. in the development of renewable and low-carbon energy sources (wind, solar, biomass, and nuclear power), as well as in the education of citizens about the conservation of nature in the context of global warming and climate change. We will consider long-term ethical and practical issues associated with alternative energy sources and public policies designed to increase their use. There will be a special focus on Germany, the largest economy in Europe, where strong influence by the environmental movement led to a government-mandated phaseout of nuclear power and significant investments in renewable energy sources. The situation in Germany will be compared with other countries in Europe, such as Denmark, Norway, or the United Kingdom.