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Presented by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research Vol. 23 No. 4/2012 It’s Been Described as the New Silk Road – Why China is Important to America’s Energy Future Don Challman, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research My first article about China in Energeia began with “I’m going to tell you the whole dam story” – a much overused expression when you visit and hear the story of our nation’s large hydroelectric dams [Hoover, Grand Coulee, et al]. The article was about my first excursion to China in 1999 as a delegate for People to People Ambassadors to visit and examine the implications of the massive Three Gorges Dam [then under construction along the Yangtze River]. Neither the proponents nor detractors of that dam would tell you the “whole dam story.” My purpose in writing that article was to do just that: to review the arguments for and against constructing that dam [see vol11_1-2-combined.pdf]. found only in the temperate forests of the eastern United States and China. And, we share a common geological and economic resource, that being coal. After a dozen trips to China related to energy and environmental matters, I’ve come to appreciate that North America shares an ancient geology with Asia – or at least the theory goes that a good bit of the Appalachian mountain range chunked off and ended up in east China when the giant continent Pangaea broke up 250 million years ago to form today’s continents. As a result, we share some identical species of flora In my travels abroad, I’ve also come to appreciate that meeting world energy requirements for a growing population is an absolute imperative. This essential factor of production drives industrial growth, rising personal incomes, higher standards of living, and an improved quality of life. People around the globe need and want improved nutrition, housing and healthcare, and productive workplaces and good wages. Shenhua Group Coal-to-Fuels Direct Coal Liquefaction (DCL) Plant and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Demonstration Project, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, P.R. China: By 2020 around 1 million tons per annum of carbon dioxide (CO2) would be captured at the plant, with a total life time capture capacity of 21–30 million tons. They’d also like to have all of the other creature comforts from labor saving devices to mobility to communications to greater leisure that come with abundant, reliable, and low cost energy. In America, we made this possible partly on the base of inexpensive coal, which propelled the nation during the industrial revolution - as it does today. China is on a similar and rapid path to do the same – and its industrial revolution is also built on coal. And, their aspirations are the same - to provide these benefits for a great people that I’ve come to know in my travels across China. continued on page 3 “Power UP” Provides Energy Education Resources to Teachers and Students UKCAER and the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments have developed an iPad app, videos, and a website dedicated to energy education called “Power UP.” The app and website are specifically designed for high school teachers to use in their curriculum, as well as to serve as a resource for students who want to learn more about energy use. The app and website include a series of seven videos, teaching points, and information about energy topics. Many teachers are using iPads in their classrooms and are excited about using “Power UP” through this new medium. “Today’s teenagers will be the future leaders of our state,” said Rodney Andrews, director of CAER. “In their lifetimes, they are going to see dramatic changes in our energy infrastructure. continued on page 2 1

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