Two articles published today on People & Nature continue a written discussion about about energy, capitalism and social justice that began last year. For readers who want to follow it so far, these are the items, in chronological order:
■ How energy was commodified, and how it might be decommodified, by Simon Pirani, 18 November 2021.
■ And if energy itself is unjust? by Larry Lohmann, 17 December 2021.
■ Thermodynamics: a metaphor or a science? by David Schwartzman, 5 January 2022.
■ Disentangling capitalism and physics, ‘energy’ and electricity, by Simon Pirani, 5 January 2022.
Advancing discussion of this kind is right at the heart of what I want to do with this site. I am grateful to Larry and David for writing. I welcome contributions from others, too. If you want to talk about it first, email peoplenature[at]protonmail.com. SP, 5 January 2022.