Alternative Energy Proponents Over Look Human Behavior

Russ Steele

As a Social Scientist I have been writing about this issue for years. For alternative energy to work, is has to be a product in the market place that people want to buy, and that means it has to be competitively priced among the other options.  Now the University of Oregon has published a study showing that it takes 10 units of alternative electricity sources to offset a unit of fossil fuel-generated power. That is not competitive.

Anthony Watts has the details at Watts Up With That.

Wind and other alternate energy is essentially no more than a rounding error, writes Anthony.

Focus on technology overlooks human behavior when addressing climate change

EUGENE, Ore. — Technology alone won’t help the world turn away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, says University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. In a newly published paper, York argues for a shift in political and economic policies to embrace the concept that continued growth in energy consumption is not sustainable.

Many nations, including the United States, are actively pursuing technological advances to reduce the use of fossil fuels to potentially mitigate human contributions to climate-change. The approach of the International Panel on Climate Change assumes alternative energy sources — nuclear, wind and hydro — will equally displace fossil fuel consumption. This approach, York argues, ignores “the complexity of human behavior.”

You can read the rest of the article HERE.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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