Análisis Críticos sobre Energía/Energy Critical Analysis

Si observamos detenidamente el mundo, veremos que existe una brutal desproporción en el reparto de la riqueza. Al analizar la distribución de energía por tipos, por persona en promedio y por regiones, vemos que… (Pedro Prieto, Vicepresidente de la Asociación para el Estudio de los Recursos Energéticos -AEREN, 18 octubre, 2011)

Contrastan datos oficiales de reservas energéticas con datos académicos y el resultado es que… (Carlos Riba, 3 octubre, 2011, Centre de Disseny d’Equips Industrials de la Univesitat Politècnica de Catalunya – CDEI y Ecoestrategia)

Política Energética en América Latina y el Caribe: Críticas y Propuestas de los Pueblos  (Programa Argentina Sustentable, Programa Chile Sustentable, Programa Brasil Sustentable, Amigos de la Tierra-Brasil, Acción Ecológica-Ecuador; AMIGRANSA-Venezuela, CENSAT-Colombia; Ceuta-Uruguay; FBOMS-Brasil; CESTA-El Salvador; Otros Mundos-México, con el apoyo del Institute for Policy Studies International Forum on Globalization – Programa Cono Sur Sustentable)

The European Union has adopted a very ambitious plan to increase the share of renewable in their energy consumption to 20% by 2020, including a 10% goal for the use of renewable in transport alone. Renewable energy could come from a variety of sources, but for transport the main source is biofuel. The Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC, which sets these goals, will therefore trigger a large increase in the consumption of biofuel in the EU. The debate around biofuels is well known.

Andreas Lendle and Malorie Schaus offer a discussion arguing that biofuels could have negative social implications because they could lead to an increase in food prices. This is particularly relevant for today’s first generation biofuels, which are based on biomass that could otherwise be used for food purposes, or on biomass produced on land otherwise suitable for food production. The environmental effects of biofuels are also controversial. To read more click on “Sustainability Criteria in the EU Renewable Energy Directive: Consistent with WTO Rules?” (September 2nd, 2010 – International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development – ICTSD Information Note No. 2, Geneva)

Human response to climate change is making matters worse (Ecologist, 19 August, 2010)

Solar power – the hidden threat to water supplies (Andrew William, 18 August 2010 in the Ecologist)

Deutsche Bank Economist Pavan Sukhdev: you can have progress without GDP-led growth (Tom Levitt, 22 January, 2010 in the Ecologist)

“The 1960s were a period of turbulence in the modern world. At the same time as emancipatory and countercultural movements (labour, youth, students, gender) irrupted, an alarmist discourse emerged that warned of the ‘detonation’ of a so-called ‘population bomb’, and suggested that rapid demographic growth was the main cause of the ecological crisis. For the first time since a nascent capitalism in the Renaissance set in motion the machinery of production and market mechanisms, since the West had opened history to a modernity guided by the ideals of freedom and enlightened reason, one of the pillars of Western civilization cracked: the myth of progress impelled by the power of science and technology, converted into the most servile – and serviceable– tools of capital accumulation, and of unlimited economic growth.” Read more in Degrowth, or deconstruction of the economy: Towards a sustainable world (Enrique Leff, Critical Current Paper Series, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, No. 6, October, 2009)

“Changes within the energy sector are accelerating dramatically. A variety of ecological, political, economic and financial factors are converging to ensure that energy production and consumption become central to the global restructuring of social relations in the years ahead. This is true of energy in general and the globally expanding renewable-energy sector in particular. The way in which the world’s energy system evolves in the years ahead will be intimately intertwined with different possible ways out of the world financial-economic crisis (which is also increasingly becoming a crisis of legitimacy and political control).” Read more in Energy, crisis and world-wide production relations (Kolya Abramsky, Critical Current Paper Series, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, No. 6, October, 2009)

“Close to half a century ago, French philosopher Michel Foucault coined the concept of ‘biopolitics’ to point to the problem of how human life is managed or administered. Foucault understood biopolitics as a historically contingent mode of the mutual implication of power and knowledge that enabled the differential adjustment of human bodies to new forms of capital accumulation (Foucault 1990).” Read more in A feminist critique of the climate change discourse. From biopolitics to necropolitics? (Ewa Charkiewicz, Critical Current Paper Series, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, No. 6, October, 2009)

“There is something uncanny about the politics of climate change. An issue at the same time old and new; omnipresent, yet easily forgotten; threatening the destruction of billions of lives, yet somehow relegated to a relatively obscure corner of the global political system, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a treaty organization far less powerful than, say, the World Trade Organization (WTO).” Read more in Radical climate change politics in Copenhagen and beyond: From criticism to action? (Ulrich Brand, Nicola Bullard,Edgardo Lander and Tadzio Mueller, Critical Current Paper Series, No. 6, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, October, 2009)

La Soberanía Energética – Un concepto del Ambientalismo para la Acción (Hildebrando Vélez, Mayo, 2009, CENSAT – Agua para la Vida)

Inundados por el Desarrollo: Agua y Energía (Hildebrando Vélez, 2007 CENSAT, como parte del libro “Colombia: Un futuro sin Agua”. Ecofondo. Foro Nacional Ambiental, Ediciones Desde Abajo)

Estudio de Scaling Up Micro Centrales Hidroeléctricas (Experiencias de Soluciones Prácticas – ITDG, Graciela Prado Ramos, Lima, Marzo, 2006)


One response to “Análisis Críticos sobre Energía/Energy Critical Analysis

  1. Benjamin

    17/09/2012 at 2:22 am

    Buenos desaprendizajes.


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