U.S. Energy Policy: Development and Challenges

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the U.S. energy security, its historical development and recent challenges. Moreover, the course analyzes the role of the Middle East in the U.S. energy policy emphasizing its historical development. The importance of the USA as a major actor in the global energy markets is illustrated by characterizing its energy sector and development of its relations with important energy producers. Students will be familiarized with particular elements of US energy sector – oil, gas, coal, nuclear energy and the renewable energy resources. Attention is paid both to their historical background and recent issues. The curriculum will be further supplemented by the energy issues related to the area of the Middle East, which plays an important role in foreign energy policies of vast majority of developed countries including USA. After the completion of the course the students will be able to summarize historical development of the US energy sector and to critically assess its contemporary energy policy and to analyze US energy policy on the basis of gained comprehensive knowledge about history of the US energy sector, its components and foreign energy issues.