Climate Change and Energy Technology and Policy

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The Climate Change and Energy Technology and Policy panel discusses past and current concerns with the use, production, and  regulation of energy. The panelists: Brian Tokar, David Schwartzman, Rachel Smolker, and Michael Dorsey shared their opinions and experiences with energy and climate change. To open, they introduced a local issue of energy production involving a proposal for a pipeline in northern Massachusetts. To find out more or to get involved visit the links below.

Brian Tokar opened the panel by making a comparison between the concerns of Science for the People with modern issues of climate change and energy production. He motes that in his preparation he came across no mention of climate change within Science for the People magazine, and engages with Science for the People’s criticism of the concept of over population. Tokai then discusses more modern interpretation of issues of climate change , and energy.

Photo taken from a 1973 issue of Science for the People.

Photo taken from a 1973 issue of Science for the People.

David Schwartzman presents the concept of revolution for the benefit of the environment through solar energy. He presents the belief that the growling availability and decreasing cost solar energy causes it to be increasingly  unsupported by capitalistic endeavor, and the lack of “strategic metals” in the production of solar energy that causes solar energy to be diminished greatly by the military industrial complex. He proposes two ways by which this revolution may occur, first through… Overall, he proposes that the recognition of climate change should be taken as an opportunity to end the ‘role of capital on our planet’.

Rachel Smolker discussed the conflicts of clean energy sources, particularly the burning of wood instead of coal for its perceived lower emission rates. The high demand for wood to burn for energy is in conflict with many natural ecosystems. Smolker discusses some alternatives including through the growth of specific trees, and bioengineering. She also discussed the complex relationship between public policy and the production on energy.

coal plant

Michael Dorsey closed the panel with a presentation on climate justice. He opens with a discussion on the ways in which climate change has impact more specifically on the global south. He stresses the impotence of the growing climate justice movement across the world and across barriers of difference including race, class, and age. Dorsey consisted commences organizations for fighting against what he calls “hegemonic climate policy that is largely driven by market approaches to solving the problem”.

To learn about the proposed pipeline that will affect most of northern mass. Visit the following links:

http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

http://www.massplan.org/