US wind power

An article came out today on the U.S wind power production. As of right now the U.S. rate is only at 4.5% with there being plants in 39 states. The White House and the Obama administration announced today that because of new technological advances the U.S. production rate can be at 35% of the total US energy use. And it would supply 600,000 jobs which would range from 

engineers, construction workers, truck drivers, factory workers, utility operators, maintenance technicians, electricians and other supporting services, according to the administration

Some states will be a bit more difficult to put wind power in just due to space to be able to do it. If you look at the top ten states with wind power, Texas is leading which is most likely due to available area to put the plants. 

In some states I don’t know if it would be possible in some areas. Take floridafor example we are so close to sea level and some places are at sea level that they wouldn’t be able to put power lines below the ground which would save them a lot of money in the long run if power lines above ground are blown down from storms. Some states are so tiny and there just isn’t suitable space due to either land already developed or the land is too mountainous for them to build the turbines. 

Personally, I think they need to improve the efficiency of the Hoover dam and the Niagra Dam for hydro electric power. There are vast areas out west that they can put solar power plants as well. Maybe once solar power panels can be cheaper for regular consumers to buy then home owners will be able to put them on top of their homes. As of right now it is a lot of money to invest in. Yes it will save a lot in the long run but most families don’t have the money to dish out at once. 

Check out the USA Today article here


In the classroom

today I am in my old internship classroom. I’m not teaching today just because they are taking a mock AP test. There are two parts to it as it is 80 questions. But a lot of people don’t realize how difficult these tests are. Especially the ones for history courses like this AP European History Course that they pretty much start at the medieval times and go until modern times. They cover the Renaissance, the 100 years war, the different revolutions and unifications, WW1 and WW2. 

There was so much knowledge that these students need to know. Myself and my supervising teacher last year also had to instruct them on how to write an FRQ (Free Response Question) and a DBQ (Document Based Question) essay paper. 

During their AP test they have 55 minutes to do 80 multiple choice questions. They have to write 2 FRQ’s and a whole DBQ. They have a total of about 3 hours for everything. Including the 55 minutes for the multiple choice questions. 

First day of school in my classroom

so, as I have been going through my college courses and observing in public school classrooms and doing my internship, I have come to a particular conclusion. 

On the first day of school in my classroom it won’t be like any other class that my students will have taken. I don’t care if they are 6th grade or 12th grade. My first day will not consist of just introductions or reading of the syllabus. That will be the students responsibility over time. On my first day there are a few videos I am going to show depending on the subject and they will get their semester project and their year long project. I am going to jump right into curriculum giving me the max amount of time to teach them what they need to know. 

I want to hear from others on what they think of this concept. 

Letter from congress continued. 

So the Iranian prime minister responded to the letter and gave the GOP Congressmen a lesson in International and Constitutional Law. I myself could not stop laughing at the response and how bad he schooled them. 

These senators didn’t realize how international law works. If you read their letter it states that no matter the agreement made during the current administration could be revered by the next administration with a stroke of a pen. 

Think about it with just common sense. How would it look to the rest of the world if the United States Government went back on its word on nuclear weapons. It doesn’t matter who’s in office. No future president will revoke the treaty, especially when dealing with Nuclear Weapons. 

Read the article attached and just be ready to laugh. 

Iranian Prime Minister Responds

U.S. Congressmen vs. The Logan Act

So, recently 47 United States Senators wrote an open letter to the Iranian Government. You can read their letter here => Letter from Senators. In their letter the wanted to address the Iranian Nuclear Weapons negotiations that have been taking place and the Iranian leader’s speech to Congress and President Obama. The Senators wanted to inform/remind the Iranian leaders about the U.S. Constitution and who really will have the most influence in the negotiations. The language that they use is accurate to the facts but is very undermining the President’s authority. These Senators may have the opportunity for more years in office than any President (which I think is ridiculous), however, President Obama or whom ever the current President is has the authority to negotiate with foreign countries. The Senate sending this letter even violates an Act written into law by John Adams in the 1700s.

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

This act basically states that no civilian or other persons may not negotiate with a foreign country unless given permission from the United States. The President Obama made a comment towards it saying that he thought it was “ironic” that some congressmen want to make friends with the Iranians and work together with them, but yet won’t work with Obama to make America better. If you ask me, those Congressmen are just trying to push themselves forward politically. It seems as though President Obama will be just ignoring the letter for now until they can reach a deal with the Iranians and then he will deal with the letter afterwards. I think these Congressmen, once their terms are up should not be allowed to run for office again and their income after leaving office disappears. How dare they overstep the President’s authority. He is the face of our country. You’re not. You don’t go to foreign countries and meet with their leaders. Obama risks his life every time he goes over there.

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