The People's Green New Deal campaign & the Socialism In Our Time Conference present:
Energy for the People: The technical & political potentials of grid transformation
- Ashley Dawson, CUNY, author of Extreme Cities (Verso Books)
- Josh Karpoff, electrical engineer, Science for the People
- Irene Shen, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
- Lia Soorenian, DSA Ecosocialists / Science for the People
Moderated by Jamie Bemis & Zach Zill, Science for the People
The US electric grid is often described as “the largest machine in the world.”
With rising demands for a Green New Deal, how can this machine be brought under public ownership and social control, and rapidly re-engineered to eliminate carbon emissions?
These multiple and overlapping transformations – critical if the climate justice movement is to accomplish its central goals – present unique and complex challenges.
What can a democratic, racially just, and ecologically sound energy system look like?
What sort of grid architecture will allow the massive and rapid integration of solar and wind energy?
Where can popular campaigns target vulnerable nodes of capitalist ownership and control?
How can labor articulate policies that will create large numbers of secure union jobs for workers to carry out this transformation?
In putting forward initial answers to these questions, this panel will draw on recent struggles and campaigns around energy democracy, Just Transition, and the Green New Deal. It will aim to equip the audience with knowledge that can critically inform our movement for climate justice and the quest to achieve a 100% renewable energy society. And it will attempt to stimulate productive discussion and debate around the question: how can energy systems be transformed by popular struggles in the era of climate change?
Part of Science for the People's participation in the Socialism In Our Time conference, April 13-14, NYC:
Please check out SFTP's other panels over the weekend:
• Profiting from Pain: America’s opioid epidemic
• Ten theses on science & research under a Left government
• Making a Living on a Toxic Planet: The Struggle for Good Work and a Clean Environment
• Metabolism models and the origin of capitalism