Article published by Kolya Abramsky, May 2007
Why, What, How and By Whom? Building New AlliancesThe article relates to what kind of transition to renewable energies might be desirable, how such a transition might come about and possible obstacles which may hinder or even prevent such a transition. In particular, it aims to situate a discussion of such a transition within a critical discussion of the “global renewables sector”, “global work-force”, and “global market”. Through discussing these concepts, it will pose the question of which alliances may be necessary or useful in order to accelerate the transition to renewable energies, as well as a discussion about how “leadership” in renewable energy might be understood.
Kolya Abramsky is currently working on a PhD about energy related conflicts in the world economy, in the sociology department at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He has worked in the secretariat of the World Wind Energy Institute at the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, and has been active for many years in different anti-authoritarian global anti-capitalist networking processes.