Important words in this article... more or less getting at why I've stepped away from writing so much opinion articles about this topic, actually. After a while, there's only so much you can say, and it becomes rehashing things, or just dropping new ideas and names into the bigger scheme of things - but that's not so much a response to Mark, as it is to 'the community'.
"In short, governments will have to reorient their economies, their societies, their political systems, and their institutions towards new models that encourage rather than inhibit innovation; that approach innovation as a complex but feasible sociotechnical process; and that marshal levels of resource commitment commensurate to the scale of the challenges they’re addressing. Let the hard but necessary work begin."
Yes, so what does this really get at?
The worlds best thinkers on energy and climate are ever-more having to deal with the reality of this transition, either from a international, national, state, or local level - and most of all from a personal level. Governments, unless maybe the most brutal totalitarian regimes, can't simply say "we're going to change how everyone lives", so it then becomes a much broader issue.
Dealing with 'broader issues' is nothing new at TEC, indeed. How to facilitate new developments that don't exist yet while mitigating the pressing challenges of 'now'. Big, abstract topics, which do indeed call for rolling up sleeves and getting to work.
This, in my opinion, is where energy policy and climate policy talk in and of itself 'ends', and the myriad interfaces with other fields of study, public policy, and getting the engineers going, begins.
So what are the questions or challenges here?
There's a whole lot to say on this. I think its important to look at who or what groups will be most resistant to changes in how energy is used, among other things. But in another light, how are we training ourselves and others to deal with the boundless informaiton and ideas that are coming to us now? How do we discern the info and opinion overload? How do we view our self images and relation to others?
It quickly becomes a matter of how the world functions and humans operate within it.
It's no easy task to facilitate that kind of awareness while at the same time managing what is going on. But here we are.