Questioning the Energy Transition
El Cuestionamiento de la Transición Energética

by Larry Lohmann

first published 5 December 2015

What is an energy transition? Usually the term signifies a shift away from fossil fuels and the technologies that require them. The question that naturally follows is: how is this shift to be financed? This short paper for the Spanish e-newsletter ECOS outines some of the pitfalls associated with this way of looking at climate and energy issues. It argues that it may be helpful to take a step back and begin with a different set of questions: What is energy? Is energy what we really want? Or do we perhaps want to open ourselves to different ways of organizing nature?

¿Qué es una transición energética? ¿Cómo se va a financiar este cambio? Este artículo subraya algunos de los obstáculos vinculados con esta forma de mirar las transiciones climáticas y energéticas. Defiende que puede ser útil dar un paso atrás y empezar con una serie diferente de preguntas: ¿qué es la energía?, ¿es energía lo que realmente queremos? O, quizá, ¿preferimos abrirnos a diferentes maneras de organizar la naturaleza?

Related resources:

http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/energy-work-and-finance

http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/energy-abstract-social-nature

http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/energy-alternatives

http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/museum-fetishes

http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/energy-security-whom-what

http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/energy-enclosure

http://www.fuhem.es/ecosocial/default.aspx?v=129