Panel 4: Fossil Fuels
Red, White, Blue, Green, Magenta?: Possibilities of Solidarity in the Anti-Fracking Movement
Corrie Ellis, University of California, Santa Barbara
This presentation explores the diversity found in the anti-fracking movement across the nation. Rather than being a source of division for the movement, the author suggests that this diversity is a great asset to the movement, and a necessary one if it is to grow and succeed in curbing the fracking industry (more).
The Aesthetic Disvalue of Burning Fossil Fuels
Ewan Kingston, Duke University
This talk calls for a reduction of individual carbon emissions not on the ground of moral grounds, but of aesthetics. By looking at the energy flow of burning fossil fuels and by assuming the world has aesthetic value, the author concludes that burning of fossil fuels coheres less with the natural world than their green alternatives. The author touches upon the implications of this idea as well (more).
“Keep It In the Ground”: Global Warming and the Challenge of Redefining Hydrocarbons
Bart H. Welling, University of North Florida
In this talk the stage is set for humanities to change how we interact with fossil fuels. While science can inform us about the relationship of fossil fuels and global warming, it is the responsibility of the humanities to change our relationships with the fuels. If we are to avoid the worst of climatic events this will be a necessary step to ensuring we leave these fuels in the ground and pursue greener alternatives (more).
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