1 The Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University2 The Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University3 Environment, Energy, Transport - Regulation, Innovation, and Climate Policy, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Danish energy planning has since its inception in the end of the 1970s been politically controversial, which led to language problems of communicating on alternatives (natural gas, nuclear energy). But previously alternative scenarios were in the 1990s successfully transformed into law. Internationally, serious communication problems have likewise characterised energy politics, where the U.S. in the beginning of the 1990s chose not to realize proposals for an ecological transformation, but went to war in order to secure cheap oil supplies wihtout internalising the negative external costs which this strategy entails. This also meant that climate problems were underrated in their importance. Each time that progressive movements came into the fore with their messages, a new wave of environmentally sceptical publications followed. Alternatives in energy politics are, therefore, also misunderstood, so that it can happen on the ground of wrong premises (on CO2 neutrality e.g.) that a shift say from natural gas to wood combustion can be interpreted as a solution to climate problems, whereas this in reality aggravates them. Not the least because forests because of continuously high emissions of CO2 and globally rising temperatures earlier than otherwise will stop to function as CO2-sinks.
kommunikation; klima; energi,; naturgas; skove; global opvarmning; communication, climate, energy, natural gas, forests, global warming