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Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition

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The REAL Green New Deal Project, Albany, OR 97321, USA
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Faculty of Applied Science, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
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Academic Editor: Alessia Arteconi
Energies 2021, 14(15), 4508; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14154508
Received: 23 June 2021 / Revised: 18 July 2021 / Accepted: 20 July 2021 / Published: 26 July 2021
We add to the emerging body of literature highlighting cracks in the foundation of the mainstream energy transition narrative. We offer a tripartite analysis that re-characterizes the climate crisis within its broader context of ecological overshoot, highlights numerous collectively fatal problems with so-called renewable energy technologies, and suggests alternative solutions that entail a contraction of the human enterprise. This analysis makes clear that the pat notion of “affordable clean energy” views the world through a narrow keyhole that is blind to innumerable economic, ecological, and social costs. These undesirable “externalities” can no longer be ignored. To achieve sustainability and salvage civilization, society must embark on a planned, cooperative descent from an extreme state of overshoot in just a decade or two. While it might be easier for the proverbial camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for global society to succeed in this endeavor, history is replete with stellar achievements that have arisen only from a dogged pursuit of the seemingly impossible. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy; energy transition; overshoot; biocapacity; ecological limits; social justice; sustainability renewable energy; energy transition; overshoot; biocapacity; ecological limits; social justice; sustainability
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Seibert, M.K.; Rees, W.E. Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition. Energies 2021, 14, 4508. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14154508

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Seibert MK, Rees WE. Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition. Energies. 2021; 14(15):4508. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14154508

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Seibert, Megan K., and William E. Rees 2021. "Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition" Energies 14, no. 15: 4508. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14154508

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