As We Now Think

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

Are we sovereign?

Electric Plug overlaid with words: What Choice Will We Make?

by Clark Miller, CSPO Associate Director

Scotland’s historic vote posed a deceptively simple question: Should Scotland be an independent nation? The question is deceptive because under it lays one of the defining issues of our time. In an age of globalization, do we navigate alone or together?

The United States confronts a similarly defining challenge: Can we confront climate change? Scotland’s vote asked whether its people chose to be sovereign. So does ours. Climate change asks whether we will make wholesale changes to the ways we produce and consume energy — or live with the consequences of a “no” vote. This is our referendum. Are we sovereign over our energy systems and the future they will bring us?

Read more in The Hill

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This entry was posted on September 23, 2014 by in Climate Change, Energy, Science Policy, Technology and Society and tagged .
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