Content description: The need for a transition to a carbon managed energy infrastructure is increasingly acknowledged due to growing concerns associated with climate change. Research exploring the challenges of energy technology diffusion has generally focused on technical and economic aspects. The complex socio-political context within which new technologies must be integrated has been less fully examined. Within nominally democratic regimes, socio-political factors interact to both facilitate and thwart alternatives to our current energy infrastructure. We propose an interdisciplinary dialogue regarding how the relatively unrealized potential of public deliberation may expand the set of energy alternatives we presume to be possible. Within this session, there will also be a presentations of climate actions based on geographical or administrative boundaries and both challenges and opportunities will be addressed.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Tarla Rai Peterson