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On my way to the National Institute for Energy Ethics and Society (NIEES) workshop!

April 8, 2013

I am currently on a plane on my way to Phoenix, AZ for the NIEES workshop. I’m super excited about it. They sent a long list of reading to do ahead of time, which I have been perusing during my travels. They raise a lot of interesting points:

  1. Do programs like WAP and LIHEAP reduce energy poverty? Or do they only address the symptom of a more pervasive problem? — Harrison, C. & Popke, J. (2011) Because you got to have heat: The networked assemblage of energy poverty in eastern North Carolina. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 101:4, 949-961.
  2. Should we not use technologies that are too dangerous? — Perrow, C. (2011). Fukushima and the inevitability of accidents. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists67(6), 44-52.
  3. Does the focus of engineers on technology preclude ethical concerns? — Herkert, J. R., & Banks, D. A. (2012). I Have Seen the Future! Ethics, Progress, and the Grand Challenges for Engineering. International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace1(2), 109-122.

Just a taste of the many issues I anticipate discussing this week! I’m aiming to blog daily so hopefully that will happen.

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