Our discussions about how to address the climate emergency tend to be dominated by the numbers: how much CO2 could be saved by implementing such and such technology, or how much such and such policy will cost. These numbers are very important, but, in the recent words by David Roberts, they are nothing without the society that needs to act on them.
Energy producing, conducing and consuming technologies are intricately entwined with the way our daily lives are organized. Extricating one and embedding another can be devilishly complex and will even prove a painful process for some, if not many.
If we are to actually succeed in our endeavours then, we need to be knowledgeable about this complexity and to be clear-eyed about the socio-economic and political inequality in which energy transitions will take place.
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