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Overcoming the Global Injustices of Energy Poverty

Joan Brown, a college student in Atlanta, Georgia, wakes up in the morning to an electronic alarm clock before she microwaves breakfast, takes a hot shower, grabs a latte at Starbucks, and drives her sport utility vehicle to campus—where she texts her boyfriend during class and checks e-mail on her laptop.1 Gertrude Smith, a widowed grandmother living in London, in the United Kingdom, drinks watered-down milk for breakfast (to make the carton last longer), walks everywhere, uses discarded newspapers as makeshift lampshades, and recycles her bathwater to clean dishes and clothes. She pays her energy bills with jars of coins.2

Benjamin K. Sovacool is a Visiting Associate Professor at Vermont Law School, where he manages the Energy Security and Justice Program at their Institute for Energy and the Environment. Previously he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Michael Dworkin is the Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School and a Professor of Law. Professor Dworkin is also a former director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, DC, as well as a former chair of the Vermont Public Service Board and former Director of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California.

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