Energy, Resources and Welfare: Exploration of Social by Bent Sørensen

By Bent Sørensen

Bent Sørensen, one of many world’s best specialists within the box of renewable strength platforms, explores the present hurdles to the common adoption of renewable strength resources and proposes strategies to the present state of affairs during this new inspiring paintings. He discusses the social, political and financial concerns that make sustainability look like such an possible target, and explores the methods during which switch should be completed with no lack of welfare.

Even notwithstanding the writer has written a number of medical monographs masking the technical concerns at the back of the strength and social transitions pointed out during this e-book, and bases his conclusions on stable evidence and research, Sørensen avoids expert jargon during this textual content. He accordingly addresses scientists and engineers without delay enthusiastic about sustainable applied sciences, in addition to power planners and choice makers in and executive, and likewise these drawn to the course during which our societies are relocating. This booklet could be a solid foundation for discussions and debate, even if in educational or in political circles, and will also be used as complementary studying for college kids within the box of strength iteration, implementation, making plans, administration, markets and policy.

  • One of the world’s prime specialists in renewable strength platforms seems to be into financial, social and political elements that impact the present kingdom of renewable power implementation within the world.
  • Sørensen examines the explanations why achieving a hundred% renewable and sustainable power resources might sound like an not possible objective, and proposes replacement recommendations that may permit the realm to continue in the direction of strength sustainability with no wasting welfare.

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Due to the large areas already committed to agriculture and forestry, the residues from these activities have the potential to deliver a sizeable part of the energy needs of societies, considering that biofuel production largely can avoid emissions and collect undesirable substances for responsible disposal or further transformation into useful materials (Sørensen, 2010). As with current uses of biomass, there is a fundamental requirement for returning nutrients to the soil in order to ensure long-term sustainability.

The standard objection to direct democracy is that if people are asked to vote yes or no to paying taxes, a majority voting ‘no’ is likely, while the same voters probably would vote ‘yes’ to expenditures seen as benefiting them. 3 Current paradigm of social organization 47 based upon uninformed voters, and that earning the right to vote should rather be tied to having proven that the issues voted upon are understood (more on this line of thinking in Chapter 3). However, in a representative democracy there may well be singular issues that are best determined by a general referendum, and most current democracies have provisions for staging such referenda, even if the basic governance is through representative parliamentary assemblies and executive governments.

1. That the people in the lower part of the wealth scale are accepting such a fate and even casting their votes on neoliberal political parties is explained by the massive advertising campaigns of questionable content that have replaced serious popular political debate, but it is also due to a more subtle feature of neoliberalism, which is the worship of indiscriminate growth. This phenomenon will be further discussed in Chapter 3, but its role in hiding inequality leads to the concept that large economic growth can be combined with a slight improvement in wealth for the poorest strata of society (sometimes called the ‘trickle-down effect’) and still make inequality increase because although each new contribution to wealth is predominantly being collected by the already wealthiest layer, the autonomous market mechanisms (with a concern not just for profit but also for the related volume of consumption) make sure that the lowest strata in society are not experiencing or at least not noticing a fall in wealth.

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