ENEP426 Lecture 13: political economy

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Energy and Environmental Policy
Scattone Raymond

Political economy- a deeper look at CC Class notes ● History - Uncover why things are the way they are ● North vs south - developing countries ● Social, economic, political factors that have all lead to climate change ○ In order of us to solve the problem of CC were going to somehow need to address the social economic technical political factors ● Causes for CC in the US ○ ○ Burning fossil fuels ■ In the US main reason why we burn fossil fuels is transportation - cars ■ In order to dig deeper and ask questions for political economy we need to ask questions like ● Why is our country car dominated ■ History - first widely used transportation was electric rail ■ Ford and GM bought electric rail companies and ran it into the ground ■ Electric rails have no pollution (electricity did come from coal though) ■ Buses came onto the scene , was known that the people would hate buses, and so sales of cars went up ■ One of biggest supporters of GM was a dupont who was also the secretary of war ● Said that The US needs a highway system so that we can move troops and tanks quickly from one side of the states to another in off chance the US gets attacked ● Highway act ● Highway act had to find place for federal highways ○ Was put in poorer areas ○ Forced people to move - called eminent domain ● How do we move away to less cars or more public transportation ● CC= P opA ffT ech ● North vs south CC ○ History- development, aid, trade, energy + Nat resources ○ Responsibilities ■ North (past) overwhelming majority of emissions ■ North (current) Still lead the way in emissions in capita ■ Inequity and injustice ○ Trust ■ England- Europe (in their self interest) -> Colonies (exploited) ● WW2 officially ended colonies ● Once own cou
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