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CCC’s Pat Keefe Explores Energy Policy

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the next event in the 2015-16 Ales & Ideas community lectures, Thursday, December 3, 2015.  CCC Physics Instructor Pat Keefe presents Can Anybody Here Count? Developing an Energy Policy for the United States.

Doors open with food and beverage service at 6pm and the program begins at 7pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase, but no purchase is required. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane St. in Astoria.  Minors are welcome.

Since the Energy Crisis of 1973, when gas prices increased dramatically and many gas stations ran out of gas, every President of the United States has placed a high importance on having an energy policy to improve the economy and protect the environment. However, as a nation, we are still dependent on imported energy and use sources of energy that cause environmental damage. In this interactive presentation, Pat Keefe will help audience members come up with their desired energy policy for the United States.  He will begin by introducing a spreadsheet that can be used to complete all calculations necessary to help anyone develop a realistic energy policy that considers all the energy needed to assure a cold beer on tap for one’s enjoyment. Eventually audience members will be invited to work in groups or individually to develop their own energy policy.  Personal laptops are encouraged but not required.  

Pat Keefe with student in physics labPat Keefe holds an M.S. in Physics from Portland State University, and has taught Physics at Clatsop Community College since 1991. He has presented over a dozen invited talks and workshops on Energy in the 21st Century to the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Pacific Northwest Association of College Physics, and the National Science Teachers Association. His article, “Developing an Energy Policy for the United States” appeared in the December 2014 issue of The Physics Teacher.

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