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Erik Gawel, Sebastian Strunz, and Paul Lehmann

The German energy transition repeatedly faces harsh critiques questioning its economic and environmental merits. This article defends the energy transition and argues that Germany has chosen an economically efficient and particularly forceful approach to securing a sustainable energy supply. Though current expenditures are high, the long-term benefits of transforming the energy system to a renewables-based system are likely to outweigh present investment costs. Furthermore, support policies for renewables are not redundant-as some critics claim-but instead complement other policy instruments, such as the emissions trading scheme. This article also addresses the motives behind the discrediting attacks on the German energy policy regime. Defensive actions by beneficiaries of the former energy market structure are only to be expected, but the attacks from liberal economists are astonishingly fierce.

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Marco Sonnberger and Michael Ruddat

, while the German population constitutes the acceptance subject. Unfortunately, information on the acceptance of other (renewable) energy sources such as biomass, hydro energy, coal, gas, or oil were not included in our data set. Thus, we are not able to

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Automobiles and Socioeconomic Sustainability

Do We Need a Mobility Bill of Rights?

Daniel Newman

fueled vehicles, especially those with a renewable energy source, as well as increased public transport provision and more opportunities for active travel. (3) We all have the right to transportation that does not threaten health, safety, water, air, or

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Review Essay

The Energiewende, a German Success Story?

Stephen Milder

, which is unfortunately so riddled with typos and stylistic mistakes that some important points can be difficult to comprehend, uses four case studies—the nuclear phase-out, the Renewable Energy Sources Act (known by its German acronym, eeg ), the Carbon

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Governing the Sun

The Challenges of Geoengineering

Klaus Radunsky and Tim Cadman

being replaced by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. However, several impediments to cost competitiveness still confront the sector, including the lack of carbon price (e.g., related to the social cost of carbon), high investment costs

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Where to Now?

Germany Rethinks its Energy Transition

Josephine Moore and Thane Gustafson

Eighteen years after the adoption of the Renewable Energy Sources Act ( Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz or eeg ), German political and business leaders are re-examining the foundations of the Energiewende (Energy Transition), reconsidering its

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Water scarcity and sustainability in the arid area of North America

Insights gained from a cross-border perspective

Alejandro Yáñez-Arancibia and John W. Day

depleted over the rest of this century ( Ramírez Pascualli & Hall, 2013 ), and it unlikely that renewable energy sources such as solar and wind can replace fossil fuels, especially at the level that will be necessary to maintain the economy as it current

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Natural Resources and their Units

Necessary Measures of Resourcefulness in a Norwegian Fruit Landscape

Frida Hastrup

and enormous resources related to biomass and renewable energy sources. Norway can utilise the resources of the sea, forest and agriculture much better than we do today. Norwegian forest and food industry are a part of the solution in a society which

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Putting Together the Anthropology of Tax and the Anthropology of Ethics

Soumhya Venkatesan

circumstances of birth and location. Others, including climate change skeptics, strongly oppose taxes on fossil fuels or tax rebates on renewable energy sources. In other words, discussions about tax open up questions about priorities, choice and volition

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Franco Ruzzenenti and Aleksandra Wagner

phenomena, as in the politics discourse of energy or securitization, and in economics discourses of fossil fuels or renewable energy sources. 2 Luhmann follows here an understanding of communication as the basic operation in a social system. 3 The Council of