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Climate change and povertyA new agenda for developed nations$
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Tony Fitzpatrick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300878

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300878.001.0001

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Energy and fuel poverty1

Energy and fuel poverty1

(p.100) (p.101) Six Energy and fuel poverty1
Climate change and poverty

Tony Fitzpatrick

Policy Press

This chapter asks two questions: how can we protect the incomes of the poorest and how do we ensure that all people are sufficiently warm while also achieving reductions in carbon emissions? Without knowing exactly how much warmer winters and summers are likely to be, we need flexibility built into our reforms and reflexivity built into the policymaking process. The ecologically excessive, careless and destructive use of key socionatural resources is connected to the social deprivations that characterize that usage for millions of those on low incomes. In terms of energy our fossil fuel dependency has been misplaced, locking our social and economic infrastructures into a reliance on non-renewables that we have only begun to reconfigure and which will take several decades more to alter. Combined with profligate and profit-driven energy markets, the poorest are bearing the brunt of this. If we are to make a successful and fair transition to an economy of renewables, then mitigation and adaptation policies must make their interests front and centre.

Keywords:   energy use, fuel poverty, energy markets, buildings, resilience, retrofitting

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