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Energy for tomorrow, 15 pp

"The time of cheap and abundant energy comes to the end. It is the beginning of the transition of the fossil era to a post-fossil age, a transition which will be in the same measure fundamental and decisive as it was the by fossils imprinted industrial revolution of about more than 200 years ago". Zerta, M. Our changing energy system. The changed framework for the coming decades. Munich 2011, 7.
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Markus Vogt
Energy for tomorrow
Perspectives of the transition to a post-fossil economy
This article has been published in the series "Church and Society", as no. 387,
edited by the Catholic Centre of Social Sciences at Mönchengladbach (North-
Rhine-Westphalia)
Translated from German by Mrs. A. Elmendorff-Pfeifer, Düsseldorf

The change of the perceivable energy provisioning is not only a technological
change. The question is not simply to replace one energy carrier by an other, but
important are new models of operating business, of mobility and residing
structures. Whoever is adapting to the change in time, will also have multiple
chances.

Energy is a question of regulative ethics
The intercourse with energy imprints the development of the energy and of the
society. It therefore is not only a technical economic question, but also a
question of policy and of regulative ethics. A la longue justice and prosperity
can only be secured if the carbon based metabolism of the industrial societies
will change drastically. Thus the standard of progress is displaced: In future it
will be measured essentially by the improvement of the CO2 balance sheet and
by new ways of the intercourse with energy.

The surveyor's pole is high: If it is supposed that the energy hunger will have
doubled globally until 2050 and by reason of protecting the climate the emission
of CO2 should be reduced by at least 80% the reduction want would be around
the factor 10.

Here the protection of the climate can enter a future-resistant alliance with
economic thought. For the dawn of the fossil era has already begun. "The time
of cheap and abundant energy comes to the end. It is the beginning of the
transition of the fossil era to a post-fossil age, a transition which will be in the
same measure fundamental and decisive as it was the by fossils imprinted
industrial revolution of about more than 200 years ago".1 The change to the solar
energy and resources basis will have pioneering importance for the future safety
of the world society whose effects in depth, breadth and distance will only be
comparable with the importance of the industrial revolution.2 Only an economic
globalization based on solar energy will be ecologically resistant. There exists,
however, an important problem of transition: The introduction of regenerative
energies does not keep pace with the growing demand of energy throughout the
world. The difference between the utilization of regenerative and fossil energy is
growing in favour of the latter.

But for the mankind, particularly for the development of the countries of the
Global South, the fossil civilization model is an energetic impasse, out of which
only one path exists: the linking of social and technical innovations or a
permanent development with clear priority of regenerative energies.3 But it must
be kept in mind that the isolated exchange of certain components of the fossil
energy structure by regenerative energies does not suffice because these ones
need other structures and developments of civilization. The provisioning of
energy therefore never is purely or primarily an ecological matter, but a
fundamental structural question with considerable consequences for
development and prosperity.

By virtue of the various contexts of provisioning with energy, overcoming of
poverty and of safety the energy issue is a first-class challenge also for Christian
social ethics. It is today a determining area of activity of global justice.

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Hope for a world of many worlds 20.Mar.2016 11:02

marc

Hope, one world where many worlds fit and where everyone has a place (Zapatistas), is the radical hope of system change and is not incremental or cosmetic change

Capitalism contains crisis as rain clouds contain rain (Jean Jaures in the 19th century). War and speculation are normalized in late stage financial capitalism. Contradictions like labor as only a cost and not also vital demand are faded away in a system where the richest 65 according to Oxfam have more wealth than 3 1/2 billion people.

Shareholder value capitalism worships profit and short-term constraints and makes long-term necessities and alternatives taboo. Labor becomes a cost factor, society moves into a modern feudal mode, communities are reduced to locations for capital, public education is seen as a prize of billions and respecting other civilizations is called pre-modern. We have squandered energy and assumed that nature was only a free good, external or sink instead of our partner and hope for future strength. Neoliberalism confused the goat with the gardener, ends and means, private and public, part and whole and real and imaginary. Those who make decisions and turn private risks into public risks must take responsibility and liability for their decisions.

Our thinking has to change and become more inclusive and post-material or we adopt the "Newspeak" of the ruling class.

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