Resources that illustrate the history, science and events surrounding the extraction, use and politics of petroleum.

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Oil Slick

by Mark Huerkamp

Discover which materials best clean up an oil spill. Can you think of other ways to collect and dispose of the oil without causing further harm to the environment?
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In this unit, students will examine the development of gas and oil fields on Russia's Sakhalin Island within the context of the Russian government's complex relations with the various stakeholders involved. From environmental issues to economic issues, from the multinational oil companies to the local island population, this is a rich topic that touches on a variety of important social studies concepts. Includes vocabulary terms and links to terrific online resources.
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These units on Nigeria were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing Nigeria and the world.
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"Gas Prices" Lesson Plan

by the.News http://www.pbs.org/newshour/thenews/

This NCEE economics curriculum investigates the variables that contribute to the cost of gasoline. They learn that while OPEC nations do influence the price of oil and thus the price of gasoline, other factors also influence the price. The accompanying video can be found online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/thenews/thedollar/.
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An Examination of Fossil Fuels, Development and Conflict with a Special Focus on Venezuela Resource Guide President Hugo Chavez has said that he wants to create a new form of socialism and is pursuing a populist program—including free health care, subsidized food, land reform, and educational opportunities—funded by windfall profits from oil. By maintaining government control of oil wealth, Chavez hopes to transform economic development in Venezuela in ways that reduce poverty and inequality. But will these efforts succeed?
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Students will: 1. Compare and make distinctions among 5 alternative fuels 2. Understand the impact of different types of fuel on:the environment, lifestyle, the economy/personal finances of car choices 3. Use critical thinking skills to support multi-step decision-making for buying a car
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Article briefly describing and reflecting on the last 100 years of petroleum use in the world. Includes a great interactive timeline/map.
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A Map of the Oil World

by Nate Merrill

An interactive map showing the major oil producers, consumers, and suppliers to the United States.
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Gas Prices

by Nate Merrill

Why does the price of gasoline ary from gas station to gas station? It is all about supply, demand, and competition. A short video exploring the differences in gas prices.
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