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By Frederick Frankena

This paintings discusses the improvement of wooden for electrical strength according to the strength obstacle. Frankena reviews the position and effect of technical services utilizing an in-depth case examine and a comparative evaluate of wood-fired strength plant controversies within the usa.

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Rather, this is a calculated attempt to move in the opposite directionto understand the community in action rather than as the nebulous sum of continually subdivided and analyzed parts. It is assumed here that a holistic framework is required to study the strategies of expertise. The problem is at once social, political, and environmental. Strategies of expertise find their origin in social change, environ- Page 32 mentalism, the energy problem, and the politics of science and technology. To inquire by breaking the problem down into the specialties and subspecialties of social scienceand seeking to quantify and refine knowledge within these subdivisionsis a flawed methodology for understanding technological controversy.

Citizens, government, and the technical experts themselves all have an abiding practical interest in understanding controversy. Therefore, the book addresses issues of policy and administration connected with this social research. The dichotomy of interest applies both to the social study of experts and expertise and to the social problem of the development of wood for electric power. Policy implications are discussed for Page 34 technical controversies in general and wood energy development controversies in particular.

5-MW plants were proposed for the northern California communities of Quincy and Westwood. The world's largest wood-burning plant, a 50-MW facility, was constructed at Burlington, Vermont. Of these five proposed developments, three were defeated and two were built. Controversy enveloped all of them. The most controversial has been the Burlington facility where adverse impacts seem to have matched the scale of the plant. The essential method for coming to terms with the strategies of expertise as manifested in environmental controversies is the case study.

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