Welcome to Energy Choices and Climate Change

The choices we make about the sources of the energy we use and the amount of energy we use affect the amount of greenhouse gases we send into the atmosphere each year. And those extra greenhouse gases are causing our planet to warm.

Energy Choices and Climate Change provides a new way to look at issues related to energy and climate change. In the scenarios within this module, you will be able to make decisions about the types and amount of energy used and see what effect your decisions have on the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere. Your goal is to reduce the amount of warming greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere from fossil fuel emissions while keeping costs within reason.

To get started, choose a scenario. You can either make choices about a family’s energy use in The Joules Family scenario, or make choices about global energy use in the Ruler of the World scenario.