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Friday, 17th July 2015

UK: Power Failure: Five Fundamental Faults of Our Energy System

Source: New Economics Foundation (UK)

From the Introduction:

Energy is the essential ingredient of our economy and society. It empowers, connects, and sustains us. And since all energy derives from our environment, it is one of the key intermediaries between our natural and social worlds. Consequently, the manner in which we choose to create and distribute energy in different ways and for different uses – what will be referred to as ‘the energy system’ – is a key determinant of how we experience our lives.

A foundational assumption is that the energy system should function
so as to foster human wellbeing in a way that is socially just and environmentally sustainable, a set of objectives we refer to as ‘the common good’. The prevailing neoliberal approach claims that the common good is best served by entrusting the energy system to the private sector and allowing the profit motive to provide the primary engine for progress, on to which we can hook various environmental and social requirements. This report challenges the fundamental assumptions that underpin the neoliberal approach to our energy system.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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