Electric Cars Aren’t As Green As You Think

[Music] you served me well hybrid but still you burn some gas and so you disgust me soon I’ll be slashing my carbon footprint with the sexy new Tesla 400,000 pre-orders can’t be wrong I cannot wait haha you can and should wait if you’re selling that perfectly good car to buy a brand new Tesla you’re not doing a good deed you’re just buying a bright shiny ecologically problematic toy what just happened where are we we’re in your daughter’s toys I know it’s a little force but I really like stop-motion Adam how could a Tesla be bad it’s electric okay we can’t wait your Wiggy yep electric cars like the Tesla are the sexy nin thing Wow check out his brand-new electric car that’s hot like our planet and a big part of their appeal is that car companies have marketed them as greener than a pocket square on st. Patty’s Day a road trip completely sponsored by the power of the Sun 100% electric Nissan Leaf innovation for the planet innovation for all Wow if I buy a Nissan polar bears will love me yeah turns out that message is pretty sketchy look electric cars are more energy efficient than gas cars but where do you think that energy comes from it comes from nature as soon as I get a Tesla I’ll Drive with all the colors of the wind Parganas nope it comes from the energy grid if you buy an electric car today you’re just shifting your fuel source from the gas pump to a power plant and if those power plants burn coal driving an electric car can actually put more co2 into the air than a hybrid according to one study even if 1/3 of all drivers switch to electric cars the carbon savings could be tiny but that’s just right now soon all electricity will come from solar wind water and heart go planet yeah but that dream is a long way off in fact your new Tesla will probably break down before that happens and in the meantime you’re gonna be pumping out a ton of co2 from everything that goes into just making the car wait what aren’t electric cars made from plants and old Ralph Nader stickers you wish building an electric car requires steel copper and aluminum just like a regular car but worse their batteries are made of rare metals that take intensive mining hey stop that the floors are bamboo and even the mere act of putting the car together produces greenhouse gases add that up and if we all ditched our trusty old cars in favor of brand-new electrics we’d actually end up increasing our carbon footprint Wayne meet Mike berners-lee he’s an expert on carbon emissions who’s written extensively on this subject that’s an expert looks like a toy oh you just have to pull his lever hell away Adam is right while electric cars are more efficient manufacturing typically adds about 50 percent to the total carbon footprint so if you buy a new car too often you could completely undo all the carbon savings that you might get from buying an electric car if you room whoops needs another yank if you really want to help save the environment the best thing you can do is to reduce the amount you drive and to drive your current car as long as possible provided it’s reasonably efficient but if your car is beyond repair and you absolutely need to buy a new one then go ahead buy yourself a nice small electric car perhaps even a used one I never thought of it that way anything else I should know the cow says Oh guess that’s it Wayne when it comes to saving the planet the efficiency of your car’s engine is small potatoes the real problem is that Americans bought 17.5 million cars last year and drove a total of 2.7 trillion miles I’m sorry but buying another car just isn’t gonna fix that but I just want a Tesla Anna would help the environment well you can’t have both and if you’re not careful these companies will use that desire to help the planet to sell you more stuff that’s hurting the planet buying green products won’t solve the problem because buying stuff is part of the problem we need to reduce what we buy and reuse what we have we can’t shop our way out of this fine I won’t buy a Tesla in fact I’ll do you one better I’ll walk everywhere yeah walking a surefire way to stop climate change oh this one’s actually really interesting in many cases walking can actually increase your carbon footprint if I wasn’t a pacifist I would pass my fist through your face hey guys Adam here if you like that be sure to watch new episodes of Adam ruins everything every Tuesday at 10:00 on truTV

How to Write an Effective Thesis Statement for Your Essay

welcome to riding with dick today I have a very important question for you here it is what the heck is a thesis statement statement that sounds vaguely criminal doesn’t it like a deposition to police or something and thesis is that scientific like a hypothesis well no matter what you call it thesis statement controlling idea unifying concept you’ve got to have one for the same reason that a wheel has to have a hub to which it spokes attached because without that core concept in your essay around which everything revolves and to which everything attaches your essay could fall apart very very quickly let’s review a simple formula for writing a thesis it goes like this topic plus your opinion on that topic equals your thesis here’s an example let’s say your topic is prison overcrowding okay after thinking about and studying the topic you’ve arrived at an opinion about it prison overcrowding is a national shame now put those two together in one sentence and you have a thesis prison overcrowding in America is a national shame it’s as simple as that a thesis is simply your topic combined with the point you wish to make about that topic whether you call that point your opinion main idea slant belief hypothesis position or any of a number of synonyms for the same thing what you really want to say about that topic well that’s a relief isn’t it a thesis is neither a crime nor a scientific experiment it’s simply what you really want to say about a topic now that you have this good thesis statement you can use it to roadmap what is to come in the essay one of the key characteristics of a thesis statement is that it blueprints or predicts or roadmaps what has to come in the essay to follow let’s take a look at this characteristic and apply it to some common examples that you will likely encounter in school let’s begin with the topic already presented which was prison overcrowding our opinion a national shame we combine those two into a sentence to create our thesis prison overcrowding in America is a national shame now that thesis clearly predicts what must follow in the essay the writer will have to talk about shameful fact number one shameful fact number two and shameful fact number three in order to justify the thesis prison overcrowding is a national shame you see the writer really has very little choice there may be more than three shameful facts about prison overcrowding maybe fewer that depends upon the length of the assignment now here’s another important point if you alter the thesis the road map changes for example let’s change our thesis to this the reasons for prison overcrowding in America are shameful again the writer has very little choice in the essay must be shameful reason number one for overcrowding shameful reason number two for overcrowding and shameful reason number three for overcrowding or however many are required so once you have that thesis you have a very clear roadmap to what is going to follow and the rest of your essay this thesis as roadmap strategy can be used with a variety of topics that you encounter in let’s take a look at a few of these and some of the typical classes that you might find yourself in where you have to write essays this first copy could come from a history economics or sociology course and is also often encountered in the healthcare field here it is our topic is America’s aging population our opinion let’s see could cause problems in social security programs put those two together and we have our thesis America’s aging population will soon cause problems in social security programs now what must come in this essay to prove illustrate or corroborate that thesis you just read clearly there will have to be a discussion of Social Security problem number one that will be caused by the aging population social security problem number two social security problem number three and so on next here’s a possible topic from a business biology or even political science course industrial pollution the slant for your writing could be increased penalties for polluters now put those two together into a thesis statement increased penalties are needed for America’s industrial polluters clearly this essay will have to present evidence to justify the call for increased penalties in that thesis justification number one for increased penalties justification number two for increased penalties justification number three for increased penalty so as you see whatever you want to call that thing a thesis statement thesis sentence controlling idea unifying concept core concept slant theme whatever it is the hub of your essay if you get that thesis solid and precise you will roll right through your writing that’s a promise and that’s also today’s edition of writing with DES so long

Writing a research thesis statement

how do you write a thesis statement for a research paper in this lesson you will learn how to write a research thesis statement by restating your big research question in a complete sentence let’s review the steps in preparing to write our number one researching a topic which we’ve already done by reading lots of articles on the Civil War and taking notes and getting prepared second generate a big research question which for us is how did mistakes caused some battles of the Civil War to begin then you’re going to write it your thesis statement and finally you’ll outline your essay we are currently on step three in this process we’re getting ready to write our thesis statement a common mistake that many readers many writers make is not to have a thesis statement at all and this is actually kind of like taking a picture that’s out of focus without a thesis statement your reader won’t really know what big picture you’re trying to get across or what you’re trying to teach them and so by including a thesis statement you’ll allow your reader to see the big picture more clearly so in order to write a thesis statement you’ll follow these steps first review your big research question then restate the question as a complete sentence and finally ask yourself am i teaching others something new so I want you to watch me as I go through these steps in creating my research thesis statement so first review your big research question that’s easy my research question was how did mistakes caused some battles of the Civil War to begin okay the second step is restate the question as a complete sentence so I’m going to go ahead and take a look again in my research question and I’m going to say okay how did mistakes caused some battles of the Civil War to begin okay so what information do I want to show back up in my complete sentence here in my thesis statement well I know that I want hmm I’m asking myself this question over and over again which information will show back up in my answer well I know that I want some battles of the Civil War to be in my answer that’s important that I talk about battles and I also know that I want to talk about this mistakes and and how mistakes caused to something battles and I also know that I don’t want my statement to be a question so the first thing I can do is actually crossing off the question words and the question mark because it’s no longer a question it’s a statement ok so let’s see let me think here some battles of the Civil War mistakes caused some battles of the Civil War mistakes okay oh I think actually I could probably take the some metals of the Civil War and put it first take mistakes cause and put it second and actually flip that sentence to make it a complete sentence so let’s see what I have here I could say something like some battles of the Civil War caused by mistakes perfect so I took away the question words the question mark and I just flipped that sentence to make it complete okay so my third step is to ask myself am i teaching oh there’s something new so i’m looking again at my thesis statement that i just came up with some battles of the Civil War what caused my mistakes and well am i teaching others something new I guess another way to say that might be do only a few people already know this information well let me think for a second okay so before I started researching this all I really knew about the Civil War was that it was a big war between the north and the south of United States over slavery and in the end the North won and so slavery ended I had no idea that there were battles I had no idea that there were mistakes that caused those battles and I’m pretty sure that I think a lot of other people in my class we’re in the same boat as me so am i teaching others something new yeah I really think that this is new information and do only a few people already know this information yeah I’m pretty sure that only a few people know this so I can answer yes to the both those questions I think I have a high quality thesis statement so in order to review the steps that we just took to create a thesis statement first review your big research question then restate the question is a complete sentence and finally ask yourself am i teaching others something new in this lesson you have learned how to write a research thesis statement by restating your big research question in a complete sentence

Writing the Literature Review (Part One): Step-by-Step Tutorial for Graduate Students

writing the literature review effective Writing Center tutorial here at the University of Maryland University College hello everyone my name is David Taylor and it’s a real pleasure to be with you today to talk about this thing right here the literature review you know I thought a good way to begin today would be to talk about not what the literature review is first but to maybe first talk about what the literature review is not and one thing that the literature review is not is that it is not an essay it is not a research paper the literature review is part of your essay the literature review is part of your research paper or maybe it’s a standalone product if you’re in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program and you have to do that first but regardless of whether it’s part of your research essay or standalone product one thing the literature review does not do it does not state prove illustrate cooperate or develop your main points that’s in the body of your essay the literature review does not do that it does not provide the body or development section of your essay or your paper well what the heck does it do then well the literature review is divided into the following key terms first is this whole idea of what the heck is the literature the literature is simply those major works that have been published about your narrow topic now remember I said narrow topic there because you’re not going to be reviewing every published thing on a broad topic like steroid use by athletes you’re going to have a more narrow topic like steroid use by high school athletes or steroid used by baseball players and so you’re going to be reviewing the major works just on that narrow topic so that’s the first thing that you need to know the literature is the published peer-reviewed sources on a narrow topic the second thing the literature review is is that that narrow topic and all those sources published on it are going to be reviewed and what the heck is a review well a review is simply a way of looking at something and taking a snapshot of it that’s what a review is and what is that snapshot going to capture that snapshot is going to capture the major concepts the major points the major outcomes the major whatever in that source it’s not going to be a detailed write-up of that one source it’s going to be a snapshot of it and then once you get all those snapshots done you’re going to show the relationships between those snapshots and in talking about those relationships you’re probably going to be putting them in some kind of timeline situation maybe not but the key is that you’re going to be extracting just the major elements and then the relationships among those major elements may be on a timeline type situation now the next thing to know about the literature review is why the heck are you doing all this stuff well I think there are three reasons probably while you’re doing all this stuff in school and the first one is of course to improve your own understanding as an undergraduate researcher coming into these topics are into this discipline on the undergraduate level one of the first things that you have to do is to build your understanding build your background build your expertise in a particular discipline and subjects in that discipline then and of course in this paper once you have built your expertise or your knowledge in this particular subject you’re going to be demonstrating that knowledge demonstrating that expertise to your professor because this is a college assignment but you know what the real purpose of a literature review is it’s a reader service it’s something you’re doing as a favor for your readers and what are you doing you are bringing them up-to-date have you ever had this experience where you’ve run into an old friend after a number of years what’s the first thing you and that old friend do you ask each other hey what do you been doing all these years fill me in update me you’re doing the same thing in a literature review you’re filling them in you’re updating them you and by bringing them up to date then you can start at the present again you see what I’m saying you’ve kind of bring them along that timeline of the past letting them know the key element remember the major concepts the key elements in your life and once you’re there boom then you can start and that’s the dividing line between the literature review and the rest of your paper or the development you go all their ideas the past scholars the past researchers boom and then come your ideas your present life so to speak

Writing the Literature Review (Part One): Step-by-Step Tutorial for Graduate Students

writing the literature review effective Writing Center tutorial here at the University of Maryland University College hello everyone my name is David Taylor and it’s a real pleasure to be with you today to talk about this thing right here the literature review you know I thought a good way to begin today would be to talk about not what the literature review is first but to maybe first talk about what the literature review is not and one thing that the literature review is not is that it is not an essay it is not a research paper the literature review is part of your essay the literature review is part of your research paper or maybe it’s a standalone product if you’re in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program and you have to do that first but regardless of whether it’s part of your research essay or standalone product one thing the literature review does not do it does not state prove illustrate cooperate or develop your main points that’s in the body of your essay the literature review does not do that it does not provide the body or development section of your essay or your paper well what the heck does it do then well the literature review is divided into the following key terms first is this whole idea of what the heck is the literature the literature is simply those major works that have been published about your narrow topic now remember I said narrow topic there because you’re not going to be reviewing every published thing on a broad topic like steroid use by athletes you’re going to have a more narrow topic like steroid use by high school athletes or steroid used by baseball players and so you’re going to be reviewing the major works just on that narrow topic so that’s the first thing that you need to know the literature is the published peer-reviewed sources on a narrow topic the second thing the literature review is is that that narrow topic and all those sources published on it are going to be reviewed and what the heck is a review well a review is simply a way of looking at something and taking a snapshot of it that’s what a review is and what is that snapshot going to capture that snapshot is going to capture the major concepts the major points the major outcomes the major whatever in that source it’s not going to be a detailed write-up of that one source it’s going to be a snapshot of it and then once you get all those snapshots done you’re going to show the relationships between those snapshots and in talking about those relationships you’re probably going to be putting them in some kind of timeline situation maybe not but the key is that you’re going to be extracting just the major elements and then the relationships among those major elements may be on a timeline type situation now the next thing to know about the literature review is why the heck are you doing all this stuff well I think there are three reasons probably while you’re doing all this stuff in school and the first one is of course to improve your own understanding as an undergraduate researcher coming into these topics are into this discipline on the undergraduate level one of the first things that you have to do is to build your understanding build your background build your expertise in a particular discipline and subjects in that discipline then and of course in this paper once you have built your expertise or your knowledge in this particular subject you’re going to be demonstrating that knowledge demonstrating that expertise to your professor because this is a college assignment but you know what the real purpose of a literature review is it’s a reader service it’s something you’re doing as a favor for your readers and what are you doing you are bringing them up-to-date have you ever had this experience where you’ve run into an old friend after a number of years what’s the first thing you and that old friend do you ask each other hey what do you been doing all these years fill me in update me you’re doing the same thing in a literature review you’re filling them in you’re updating them you and by bringing them up to date then you can start at the present again you see what I’m saying you’ve kind of bring them along that timeline of the past letting them know the key element remember the major concepts the key elements in your life and once you’re there boom then you can start and that’s the dividing line between the literature review and the rest of your paper or the development you go all their ideas the past scholars the past researchers boom and then come your ideas your present life so to speak