Table of Contents

The Energy Transition

Winter 2017


Needed: better labor market data; What are middle skills?; New toxic chemical regulations; Rethinking biosecurity; Chinese technocracy; Green accounting.

Editor’s Journal: Take a Deep Breath

Kevin Finneran

Take a Deep Breath

Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: The End of Puzzle Solving

Robert Frodeman

Perspective: Science’s Role in Reducing US Racial Tensions

Thomas S. Woodson

Infrastructure and Democracy

Christopher Jones, David Reinecke

If Donald Trump follows through on his promise to invest in infrastructure, he should prioritize broad access and learn from previous efforts where public engagement enhanced social outcomes.

Unlocking Clean Energy

Varun Sivaram

Many government policies now “lock in” mature clean energy technologies while blocking out innovative alternatives. Here’s a plan to transform lock-in barriers into bridges for technological succession.

Inside the Energiewende: Policy and Complexity in the German Utility Industry

Christine Sturm

Germany has made enormous investments in renewable energy. So why isn’t it on target to meet its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions goals?

Of Sun Gods and Solar Energy

Kartikeya Singh

Politics, capitalism, and energy poverty are combining in strange ways across India. The result looks like progress—sometimes.

Electric Vehicles: Climate Saviors, or Not?

Jack Barkenbus

Where electric vehicles are located and when they are recharged matters more than you might think.

Journalism under Attack

Keith Kloor

Be careful what you write, especially if you uncover evidence of science distortion that upsets activists.

Scientific Controversies as Proxy Politics

Daniel J. Hicks

Even for scientists, policy decisions entail much more than science.

A Technology-Based Growth Policy

Gregory Tassey

Monetary and fiscal policies to stimulate the economy are no substitute for the national research and development investment needed to spur productivity growth and create high-paying, high-skill jobs.

Book Review: Anchor Management

Oliver Geden

The Two Degrees Dangerous Limit for Climate Change: Public Understanding and Decision Making
, by 
Christopher Shaw.

Book Review: Listening to Patients

David Healy

Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants
, by 
Peter D. Kramer.

Book Review: Change’s Challengers

Alex Trembath

Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies
, by 
Calestous Juma.