Reflections, commentary and analysis from Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.
“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.”
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
“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.
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.
Recent ASU graduate Travis McKnight explains the potential of biofuels and how it could benefit society.
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.
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.
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.