Choosing Energy Futures: Framing, Lock-in, and Diversity

Stirling, Andrew (2008) Choosing Energy Futures: Framing, Lock-in, and Diversity. In: Dorfman, Paul (ed.) Nuclear Consultation: Public Trust in Government. Nuclear Consultation Working Group, University of Warwick, Warwick, pp. 61-71.

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Abstract

Debates over energy futures are routinely couched in terms of ‘autonomous, unavoidable imperatives’ – by this we mean, when we think of solutions to our energy future problems we often think of simple, single answers set apart from a more complex and messy reality. Nowhere is this more true, than in discussions of the role of nuclear power. Here, attention turns again and again to ostensibly concrete limits on what is possible by other means. Very often, the bottom line is simply that there is no alternative. As any politician well knows, even the most ardent sceptic can be cowed by this rhetoric. This section looks at what happens if we remain sceptical and un-cowed.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: Q Science
T Technology
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2012 11:15
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 11:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40189
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