Values and Energy Policy

In my previous blog entry (‘Global Warming and Climate Change’) I made brief reference to a speech I gave at the University of Delaware in February 1982 –  ‘Values in Energy Decision Making: Some Personal Perspectives’.  It touches on a subject not discussed often enough in policy making circles, and I offer a complete copy of that talk (UofDel speech-1982) as a stalking horse for reactions and further discussion.  The opening paragraph indicates my purpose in presenting the talk:

“The process of preparing this talk has been an interesting one for me.  It has forced me, for the first time in a long time to think explicitly about the values that have entered into the policymaking activities I have participated in.  It has also made clear that values have been, and are, the major determinants of energy policy.  I am sure this comes as no surprise to those of you in this audience.  However, it is something that energy policymakers most often do not talk about openly in my experience.”

The talk includes some personal history and focuses on two technology/policy areas, nuclear power and energy conservation.  Both were coming into broad visibility at that time.  I will have more to say on both subjects in future blogs.

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