Why should physics courses discuss energy production and use?
Students are interested in energy. Some students who would not otherwise be interested in physics would be interested.
Students might want to study energy science and engineering and policy in college
The general population needs more information.
There are ways to learn about energy at the same time as learning other concepts and skills in physics.
Educators with experience in energy issues may be able to use that experience, sometimes expertise, to present physics as more meaningful.
Any introduction to physics should represent the diversity of activities of physicists, including those who study energy production and use for industry, policy, finance, etc.
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