Toward partial redirection of energy policy for responsible development
Mayumi, Kozo (The University of Tokushima. Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences)
Giampietro, Mario (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Unitat d'Història Econòmica

Imprint: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Unitat d'Història Econòmica 2014
Description: 17 p.
Abstract: This paper addresses the surprising lack of quality control on the analysis and selection on energy policies observable in the last decades. As an example, we discuss the delusional idea that it is possible to replace fossil energy with large scale ethanol production from agricultural crops. But if large scale ethanol production is not practical in energetic terms, why huge amount of money has been invested in it and is it still being invested? In order to answer this question we introduce two concepts useful to frame, in general terms, the predicament of quality control in science: (i) the concept of "granfalloons" proposed by K. Vonnegut (1963) flagging the danger of the formation of "crusades to save the world" void of real meaning. These granfalloons are often used by powerful lobbies to distort policy decisions; and (ii) the concept of Post-Normal science by S. Funtowicz and J. Ravetz (1990) indicating a standard predicament faced by science when producing information for governance. When mixing together uncertainty, multiple-scale and legitimate but contrasting views it becomes impossible to deal with complex issue using the conventional scientific approach based on reductionism. We finally discuss the implications of a different approach to the assessment of alternative energy sources by introducing the concept of Promethean technology.
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Language: Anglès
Series: Departament d'Economia i d'Història Econòmica. Unitat d'Història Econòmica. Documents de treball
Series: Documents de treball (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Unitat d'Història Econòmica) ; 2014_01
Document: workingPaper
Subject: Política energètica ; Desenvolupament sostenible ; Fonts d'energia renovables

Adreça alternativa: https://hdl.handle.net/2072/225076


17 p, 176.3 KB

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Research literature > Working papers > Economic History Unit. Working papers

 Record created 2014-03-16, last modified 2020-11-19



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