03 Jun '11, 9am

Hawaiian Geothermal Energy: A Gift From The Gods?: Hawaiian Geothermal Energy : A Gift from the Gods? Triple Pun...

However, geothermal power production has been met with staunch opposition by native Hawaiian cultural activists who feel that extracting this heat resource is a desecration of the fire goddess, Pele. To adherents of this philosophy, harnessing geothermal resources threatens the sanctity of the home and body of the fire goddess. According to Michael Edelstein and Deborah Kleese, “the lengthy administrative proceedings in this matter are instructive of the marginalization of native peoples and their difficulty in gaining recognition for cultural impacts in a decision-making process that is built around the rationality of the dominant Western worldview.” Considering this, harnessing geothermal resources for energy production may prove insufficient in satisfying human wants, should the cost of doing so outweigh the benefit of energy provision.

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/hawaiian-geothermal-e...

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