As We Now Think

Reflections, commentary and analysis from Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

New Climate Pragmatism Framework Prioritizes Energy Access as Driver of Innovation and Development

“Climate change can’t be solved on the backs of the world’s poorest people,” said Daniel Sarewitz, a report coauthor and CSPO co-director. “The key to solving for both climate and poverty is helping nations build innovative energy systems that can deliver cheap, clean, and reliable power.”

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is Our Future Nuclear?

With Pandora’s Promise appearing this week on CNN, nuclear power advocates have ramped up their sales pitch, arguing that radiation isn’t dangerous and that nuclear can scale faster than renewables. Both claims are problematic, say CSPO professors Clark Miller and Jen Richter

November 6, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Coming Revolution in Global Energy Wealth

“Humanity’s challenge is …. to build an energy future in which the financial benefits of energy production are widely distributed across and within societies,” argues CSPO Associate Director Professor Clark Miller.

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Frogs, Oil, Sustainable Development

CSPO senior lecturer Mary Jane Parmentier illustrates the challenges and complexity of balancing competing domestic and foreign interests and finding a sustainable solution for Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fishing for bacteria: A step into the biofuel world

Recent ASU graduate Travis McKnight explains the potential of biofuels and how it could benefit society.

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Navajo Water Hunt

Latasha Ball and Eric Kennedy, students of CSPO faculty member Gregg Zachary, provide a revealing glimpse of two parallel technological systems in the Navajo nation in northern Arizona.

May 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Energy Technology Breakthroughs in Context

PhD student Miles Brundage believes we shouldn’t put too much faith in finding a technological miracle to solve climate change, or any societal problem.

March 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Modern Day Yei T’soh

Alaina George, a CSPO alum and member of the Navajo Nation, discusses the history and the future of the Navajo and energy.

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Growing Up Navajo, Near a Mine

This essay, by an ASU undergraduate, explores the human dimensions of socio-technical systems, and their contradictions, as seen through a single life. The writer, LaTasha Ball, grew up and was educated on the Navajo reservaton in northern Arizona. She is beginning an immersive field project on the intersection of water, power and the Navajo.

February 25, 2013 · 8 Comments

The Little Engine That Could

When it came to decreasing carbon emissions, for years the United States was the “little engine that couldn’t.” Now times have changed and CSPO associate director Clark A. Miller says there are things the public can do to continue this decrease in carbon emissions.

February 13, 2013 · 2 Comments
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