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Battling Promethean dreams and Trojan horses: Revealing the critical discourses of geoengineering
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (LUCE)
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (LUCE)
2014 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 2, 135-144 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Geoengineering could counteract climate change by either altering the earth's global energy balance by reflecting sunlight or removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Geoengineering evokes various ethical and political challenges that are increasingly reflected in public debate and deliberation. Via a qualitative textual analysis of 1500 articles, we investigate discursive claims critical of geoengineering, considering what subjects are the most controversial, and what worldviews, values, and problematizations are shared by the actors subscribing to this discourse. We argue that the controversy about geoengineering differs, discursively, from other techno-political conflicts. Geoengineering proponents are described as reluctantly favouring research and deployment and displaying an unusual self-reflexivity, as they are well aware of and seriously consider all the technology's risks. Our analysis demonstrates that the discourse critical of geoengineering differs from and questions the dominant pro-geoengineering discourse in several profound ways with lasting implications for energy scholarship and analysis.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 2, 135-144 p.
Keyword [en]
Geoengineering; Discourse; Climate change; Public debate
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108317DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.04.001OAI: diva2:729809
Swedish Research Council FormasSwedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-06-26 Created: 2014-06-26 Last updated: 2016-06-30Bibliographically approved

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