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The Energy Transition

Winter 2017


Forum


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.