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How Climate Movement’s Strategy Threatens Clean Energy

Friday, February 16, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Social Science Centre (SSC)
Room: 1004
The Resistance Dilemma How the Climate Movement’s Strategy Threatens the Clean Energy Transition

The Resistance Dilemma: How the Climate Movement’s Strategy Threatens the Clean Energy Transition

George Hoberg
School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
University of British Columbia

Friday, Feb 16
3-4pm, SSC 1004
Battles over new fossil fuel infrastructure have played an increasingly important role in the environmental movement. Frustrated by the lack of concerted government action to address the climate crisis, environmental activists have taken to focusing on blocking the approval or construction of new facilities. Place-based resistance has emerged to confront a variety of fossil fuel infrastructure, including coal-fired power plants and fracking.

This talk focuses on resistance to the expansion of the oil sands in northern Alberta, a vast deposit of unconventional oil that gives Canada its ranking as having the third largest holder of oil reserves. This  resistance strategy has slowed fossil fuel expansion, but has also created new challenges to the transition to clean energy.  By legitimizing place-based resistance strategies, the climate movement’s strategies choices may have the unintended consequence of creating more formidable obstacles to the transition to a clean energy economy necessary to combat the climate crisis. The talk examines the campaign against oil sands pipelines, and its impliciations for the social acceptance of clean energy infrastructure.

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Carol Hunsberger
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