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Automobility: Global Warming as Symptomatology

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Backhaus, Gary
Journal: Sustainability
Volume: 1
Page(s): 187-208
Date: 2009
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6805
Sector: Global Commons
Subject(s): global warming
Abstract: "The argument of this paper is that sustainability requires a new worldview paradigm. It critically evaluates Gore’s liberal-based environmentalism in order to show how 'shallow ecologies' are called into question by deeper ecologies. This analysis leads to the notion that global warming is better understood as a symptom indicative of the worldview that is the source for environmental crises. Heidegger’s ontological hermeneutics and its critique of modern technology show that the modern worldview involves an enframing (a totalizing technological ordering) of the natural. Enframing reveals entities as standing reserve (on demand energy suppliers). My thesis maintains that enframing is geographically expressed as automobility. Because of the energy needs used to maintain automobility, reaching the goal of sustainability requires rethinking the spatial organization of life as a function of stored energy technologies."

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