2012 Mar 18. Focus on technology overlooks human behavior when addressing climate change

posted Mar 28, 2012, 9:44 AM by Fiona Potter   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 2:16 PM ]
| University of Oregon Media Relations.  An article pertinent to GSS Climate Change chapter 10 and GSS Energy Use chapter 10.  Excerpt:  Technology alone won't help the world turn away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, says University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. In a newly published paper, York argues for a shift in political and economic policies to embrace the concept that continued growth in energy consumption is not sustainable….
…"In terms of governmental policies, we need to be thinking about social context, not just the technology," York said. "We need to be asking what political and economic factors are conducive to seeing real displacement. Just developing non-fossil fuel sources doesn't in itself tend to reduce fossil fuel use a lot — not enough. We need to be thinking about suppressing fossil fuel use rather than just coming up with alternatives alone."…  Read the full article at: http://uonews.uoregon.edu/archive/news-release/2012/3/focus-technology-overlooks-human-behavior-when-addressing-climate-change