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Energy systems and the knowledge problem

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dc.contributor.author Ammous, Saifedean H.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-23T13:42:37Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-23T13:42:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/7263
dc.description.abstract This paper examines Life Cycle Assessments of biofuels, and concludes that this literature reaches no conclusion on the energy efficiency of biofuels, and their efficacy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The paper analyzes the causes of this inconclusiveness and discusses ways in which better LCA’s can be constructed. While discussions of energy policy presume that the energy mix is a system that can be engineered in order to achieve desired environmental, and economic goals, this paper argues that it is more accurate to understand the energy mix as a spontaneously emergent order that is the product of human action, not human design. The complexity of energy systems, the subjectivist and individualist nature of the human actions determining the outcome of these systems, and the unknowability of technological innovation mean that attempts at designing the energy mix, mandating targets for specific energy sources, or subsidizing specific energy sources can be counter-productive. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working papers series / Center on Capitalism and Society; no. 85 en_US
dc.title Energy systems and the knowledge problem en_US
dc.type Conference Paper / Proceeding en_US
dc.title.subtitle the case of biofuels en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200905039 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Economics (ECON) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.keywords Climate en_US
dc.keywords Carbon en_US
dc.keywords Emissions en_US
dc.keywords Biofuels en_US
dc.keywords Knowledge en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2832740 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Ammous, S. (2015). Energy Systems and the Knowledge Problem: The Case of Biofuels. The Center on Capitalism and Society Columbia University, Working Paper No. 85, February 2015. en_US
dc.author.email saifedean.ammous@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2832740 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US


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