I often rant, sorry, “offer calm, considered and reasoned critiques” about academics who
- study nonsense badly
- study important things badly
- study important things well but write in turgid academese
These things make me angry.
But for once, I am angry after reading an academic paper, not about any of the above (because it is paper which studies important things well and is written very clearly)
The paper in question is Winskel et al. (2014) Remaking the UK’s energy technology innovation system: From the margins to the mainstream. Energy Policy 68, pp.591-602.
“the UK’s dramatic decline in energy innovation spending in the 198s and 1990s was an extreme case of a wider international trend. The need for expanded levels of effort on energy innovation was recognised internationally during the course of the 2000s, and by the start of the 2010s, public spending had reached levels around those seen thirty years earlier” (Winksel et al. 2014: 597).
Because, you know, there had been no warning from scientists in, oh, the period 1985 to 1995 that climate change was a thing and that getting off fossil fuels was absolutely essential, as soon as possible.
The predatory delay by a fraction of the population, in positions of economic and political power, have condemned countless billions of humans and other species to untold suffering.
This makes me a little bit angry.