Here at the State of Power podcast, we are very concerned with the state of power, because hardly anything has a greater impact on the future of our planet, than the ways in which we generate and consume energy. Our guest on the program believes that some of the optimism with regards to renewable sources of energy is ill-placed, and that we have to face the reality that we have a lot more to do before we can even begin to talk about a transition.
The following conversation is centred around an upcoming paper that Sean has written together with John Treat. In the paper called The Energy Transition Myth, the authors look at the numbers, and use them to challenge many of the claims that we are well on the way towards an energy transition.
Sean Sweeney is the coordinator of the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, a network of more than 80 unions from around 25 different countries. TUED is based at the City University of New York, School of labour and urban studies.