Podcast: TED Talks series - Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of Oil

TED Talks


17 minutes.

TED Talks series, FILMED JUN 2010 - POSTED AUG 2010 - TEDxOilSpill

In the Gulf oil spill's aftermath, Lisa Margonelli says drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract from the issue at its heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off of oil -- by confronting consumers with its real cost.

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Learning Goals

To open up discussion and inform people about the supply chain of oil and the extent to which policy and economics are involved.

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Description and Teaching Materials

Listen or Download >> TED Talks: Lisa Margonelli: The Political Chemistry of Oil

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Teaching Notes and Tips

To explore the political and economic actions that are involved with the great consumption of oil.


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References and Resources

Director of the New America Foundation Energy Policy Initiative, Lisa Margonelli writes about the global culture and economy of energy. Full Bio>>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of Oil.