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BIOLO 1110: Developing a Transportation Plan: Energy Statistics and Content

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Basic Energy Facts

EROEI Explainer: 

Though the article below is nearly 10 years old, it does have a good explanation of EROEI, and what kinds of discussions we ought to be having about our energy blend.  It is worth checking out. 

Now that you have the basics of EROEI down, here are other places to learn about transportation, energy usage, and EROEI figures. 

Struggling to find some of your energy sources? You can also search using your energy source and ("Net Energy" OR EROEI) to see what you can find. 

Still struggling a bit to find the information you need?  Check the Articles tab, or learn to search and evaluate websites below. 

Evaluate Websites

While you're doing Google searches to either narrow your topic or in order to dig up more information on certain subject, you want to be careful to decide if the information you find is trustworthy.

When it comes to science, nearly everyone has opinions: should we be labeling genetically modified food for consumer's awareness? What will fracking do for our economy or our groundwater supply? Your job is to evaluate the information you can find through Google and Bing to find the good websites--those written by authors you can trust, with good and up-to-date information.

Authorship: Who created this website? What is their background on the topic? Are they trustworthy?

Bias: Why was the website created? What point of view does the author have? Does that limit the facts they present or how the facts are presented?

Date: How old is the information that is presented? Is it still accurate?

Questions? Check out the COD Library's guide to evaluating information.

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