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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Energy and the Future

In a year long project entitled Energy & The Future, undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center conducted research on alternative energy issues facing Nebraska, and developed a background document summarizing the public policy choices that face the state in regards to ethanol, biodiesel, wind, solar, and nuclear energy. Students with the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications traveled across the state of Nebraska and visited with congressional representatives in Washington D.C. to research and produce a video documentary about alternative energy. Interviews were completed with Governor Dave Heineman, Senator Chuck Hagel, Senator Ben Nelson, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Congressman Adrian Smith, Congressman Lee Terry, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and many others.

The project partners also convened two discussion groups about alternative energy featuring UNL students and a variety of experts. On March 13, 2008, the project partners convened a nuclear energy discussion featuring Alan Dostal, Corporate Nuclear Business Manager of Nebraska Public Power District, and Professor Jerry Hudgins, University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Engineering. On April 17, 2008, a discussion on ethanol was convened featuring Dan Owens, Rural Organizer with the Center for Rural Affairs, and Todd Sneller, Administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. Both discussions were taped and moderated by UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications students, and aired on 5 CITY-TV.

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Click here to watch video of the April 17, 2008 ethanol discussion.
Click here to watch video of the March 13, 2008 nuclear energy  discussion.
Click here to watch a student produced movie called Renewable Energy and Nebraska’s Future

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