Teaching Units

From right before World War II until the late 1950s, American architects and engineers experimented with solar house heating and solar houses were built across the Midwest, Northeast, and Southwestern United States. Working with international aid organizations such the Ford Foundation, architects also were involved with solar technology transfer as part of development projects in India, South...

In October 1973, the Arab state members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) declared that they would cut oil production, and limit exports to certain countries, to protest the United States’ support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War. American policymakers believed that this decision, which they called an “embargo,” would raise the market price of oil as supplies...

Coal production and consumption in the United States dipped slightly after World War II, as the fuel source lost market share to inexpensive oil increasingly used for transportation, industry, and heating. Starting in the early 1960s, however, coal producers found a new purpose – meeting the rapidly growing demand for electricity from coal-fired...