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Owning the Transition with David Hughes, Mika Minio-Paluello & Thea Riofrancos

The case for public ownership of wind and other renewable energy resources.

Verso Books 2 December 2021

Owning the Transition with David Hughes, Mika Minio-Paluello & Thea Riofrancos

VersoBooks · Owning the Transition: David Hughes, Mika Minio-Paluello & Thea Riofrancos

The global transition towards renewable energy cannot be summarized by the switch from one energy source to another. Who owns these resources, who builds and controls renewable energy infrastructures and ultimately who will access and benefit from them, are key questions to address if we want to understand what is at stake when we speak about the energy transition. In our third episode of Climate Crisis: Time for a New Society, David Hughes, Mika Minio and Thea Riofrancos focus on the question of wind and how this endless resource can be appropriated to generate a socially profitable energy transformation.

Climate Crisis: Time for a New Society is a new podcast where writers and activists discuss radical ideas to move beyond the doom of climate breakdown. A collaboration between the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels and Verso Books.

Further reading:

COP26: a radical climate reading list. 10 books to help us radically fight in a world on fire.

Radical Futures: books to help us re-imagine new futures.

Theorizing the Climate Crisis: a reading list around how different theories of the climate crisis shape our understanding of what must be done.

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Why the wind, and energy it produces, should not be private property.

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