Transforming Power: Energy, Environment, and Society in Conflict

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  • Copyright: 2006-01-30
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Including theoretical inquiries and case studies by distinguished writers, Transforming Power is divided into three parts: Energy, Environment, and Society; The Politics of Conventional Energy; and The Politics of Sustainable Energy. It interrogates current contemporary energy assumptions, exploring the reflexive relationship between energy, environment, and society, and examining energy as a social project. Some of these have promised a prosperous future founded upon technological advances that further modernize the modern energy system, such as inherently safe nuclear power, environmentally friendly coal gasification, and the advent of a wealthier, cleaner world powered by fuel cells; and the green technologies, said by advocates to prefigure a revival of human scale development, local self-determination, and a commitment to ecological balance.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Modern Energy and Modern Society vii
John Byrne, Noah Toly, and Young-Doo Wang
1. Energy as a Social Project: Recovering a Discourse 1(34)
John Byrne and Noah Toly
Energy and Poverty
2. Energy, Economy, and Poverty: The Past and Present Debate
Joan Martinez-Alier
3. Unraveling Relationships in the Energy-Poverty-Gender Nexus
Margaret Skutsch and Joy Clancy
Energy and Security
4. Protecting Overseas Oil Supplies: The Globalization of the "Carter Doctrine"
Michael T. Klare
5. Nuclear Power in an Age of Global Terrorism: Implications for Energy and National Security
Kenneth D. Bergeron and Andrew D. Zimmerman
Energy and Globalization
6. The Political Economy of Electricity Liberalization
Navroz K. Dubash and James H. Williams
7. The World Bank's Support for Large Dams: A Case of Institutional Amnesia?
Peter Bosshard
Energy and Environment
8 Can Geosequestration Save the Coal Industry?
Mark Diesendorf
9 From Love-ins to Logos: Charting the Demise of Renewable Energy as a Social Movement
Leigh Glover
Contributors 269(4)
Index 273

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