Saturday, February 23, 2008

Texas wind and the voice of the people

This Times article about Texas wind power is informative, but it doesn't mention the fact that in '96 and '98 Texas utility companies polled their customers to ask about energy alternatives. There were also several Deliberative Polls, sponsored by the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford and headed by Professor Jim Fishkin of the Communications dept. I have taken a seminar with Fishkin on "models of democracy" and found the Deliberative Poll idea very interesting. Basically, it pays a scientifically selected microcosm of citizens to attend a town hall meeting where they're presented with relevant factual information on an issue and allowed to debate and question field experts. Their decisions are then supposed to reflect "informed" public opinion. In the Texas case, customers' eventual preference for wind baffled pollsters, who had expected a typical preference for natural gas. Pretty neat, and something to keep an eye out for in the news. (For example, there was a Deliberative Poll in China last week.)

5 Comments:

Blogger The Sheriff said...

Wind power is more insulated from the forces of the New World Order. I heard the Bilderberg group is putting deadly frankenstien poison nerve gas in our natural gas.

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Blogger John Liberty said...

Maybe the Bilderberg group is trying to isolate individuals on this blog.

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Blogger Robot said...

I'm quite fascinated by this deliberative polling concept. It's sort of like the quintessential progressive era idea that no progressive as far as I know ever thought of. Rather than have to worry about the antidemocratic implications of a society run by experts, the answer is to turn select members of the public into experts themselves. Now, we can all feel good that the experts (ie. us smart people) aren't in total control, but that the masses aren't either. Only the common expert will rule.

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