The role of science and technology for energy and the environment

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The premise of this paper is that science, and the technology derived from science, is not the answer to energy and environmental problems. Science is a method of answering questions and as modern societies people must be very careful and specific in posing those questions. Many of the environmental issues addressed at the meeting are the direct result of not being specific enough in the demands placed on the science community. For example, when science was asked to increase chemical production to produce greater and greater quantities of consumer products, society forgot to ask that they be produced without significant ... continued below

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Hjersen, D.L. December 31, 1998.

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The premise of this paper is that science, and the technology derived from science, is not the answer to energy and environmental problems. Science is a method of answering questions and as modern societies people must be very careful and specific in posing those questions. Many of the environmental issues addressed at the meeting are the direct result of not being specific enough in the demands placed on the science community. For example, when science was asked to increase chemical production to produce greater and greater quantities of consumer products, society forgot to ask that they be produced without significant damage to the environment. When society developed nuclear deterrents to protect national security interests, it failed to consider the life-cycle costs of these weapons systems. Now society must deal with a legacy of hundreds of billions of dollars in clean-up costs. One impediment has been that energy and environmental problems are intrinsically crosscutting, both across scientific disciplines and the decision-making systems of society. The author suggests that one approach to this problem is better integration across scientific disciplines and the integration of science and technology with political, economic and social factors. Three examples of successes are used to illustrate this.

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  • Mansfield Pacific retreat: beyond Kyoto: energy and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region, Kyoto (Japan), 17-20 Sep 1998

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  • Other: DE99002296
  • Report No.: LA-UR--98-3465
  • Report No.: CONF-9809117--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 334273
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc674200

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Hjersen, D.L. The role of science and technology for energy and the environment, article, December 31, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc674200/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.