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Uncertain Futures

How to Unlock the Climate Impasse

Author(s): Alexander F. Gazmararian, Dustin Tingley

ISBN: 9781009405300
Publication Date: 20/7/2023
Pages: 200
Format: Paperback
Regular price £22.99 GBP
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Why is the world not moving fast enough to solve the climate crisis? Politics stand in the way, but experts hope that green investments, compensation, and retraining could unlock the impasse. However, these measures often lack credibility. Not only do communities fear these policies could be reversed, but they have seen promises broken before. Uncertain Futures proposes solutions to make more credible promises that build support for the energy transition. It examines the perspectives of workers, communities, and companies, arguing that the climate impasse is best understood by viewing the problem from the ground up. Featuring voices on the front lines such as a commissioner in Carbon County deciding whether to welcome wind, executives at energy companies searching for solutions, mayors and unions in Minnesota battling for local jobs, and fairgoers in coal country navigating their uncertain future, this book contends that making economic transitions work means making promises credible.

  • Uses stories from our extensive interviews and research to make the ideas accessible to readers
  • Highlights the perspectives of all involved in the energy transition, such as: fossil fuel workers, local officials, community members, union leaders, energy company executives, lobbyists, renewable energy developers, workforce training instructors, the national public, and youths
  • Includes inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives, which show how ideas and methods from different disciplines complement each other
  • Synthesizes a range of academic literatures including economics, political science, and sociology