Energy & Environment
|Energy & Environment|
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
|Discipline||Environment, climate change, energy economics, energy policy|
|Edited by||Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen|
Energy & Environment (E&E) is a peer-reviewed academic journal "covering the direct and indirect environmental impacts of energy acquisition, transport, production and use". Its editor-in-chief since 1998 is Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen.
Abstracting and indexing
The journal is abstracted and indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, EBSCO databases, Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Compendex. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 0.319, ranking it 90th out of 93 journals in the category "Environmental Studies".
The journal's mission statement states that the publication's "objective is to inform across professional and disciplinary boundaries and debate the social, economic, political and technological implications of environmental controls, as well as interrogate the science claims made to justify environmental regulations of the energy industries, including transport."
Energy & Environment was first published in 1989; David Everest (Department of the Environment, United Kingdom) was its founding editor. Following his death in 1998, Boehmer-Christiansen became the journal's editor. She and several members of the journal's editorial advisory board previously had been associated with "the Energy and Environment Groups" at the Science and Technology Policy Unit (University of Sussex), with John Surrey. Benny Peiser has served as co-editor.
According to a 2011 article in The Guardian, Gavin Schmidt and Roger A. Pielke, Jr. claimed that E&E has had low standards of peer review and little impact. In addition, Ralph Keeling criticized a paper in the journal which claimed that CO2 levels were above 400 ppm in 1825, 1857 and 1942, writing in a letter to the editor, "Is it really the intent of E&E to provide a forum for laundering pseudo-science?" A 2005 article in Environmental Science & Technology stated that "scientific claims made in Energy & Environment have little credibility among scientists." Boehmer-Christiansen acknowledged that the journal's "impact rating has remained too low for many ambitious young researchers to use it", but blamed this on "the negative attitudes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)/Climatic Research Unit people."
Climate change skepticism
When asked about the publication in the Spring of 2003 of a revised version of the paper at the center of the Soon and Baliunas controversy, Boehmer-Christiansen said, "I'm following my political agenda -- a bit, anyway. But isn't that the right of the editor?"
Boehmer-Christiansen explained her "political agenda" in a post to an article at the "Carbon Brief" website criticizing Energy & Environment:
My political agenda for E&E is not party political but relates to academic and intellectual freedom. I am [a] geographer turned international relations specialist (environment as special field) and as such have long been critical of environmentalist exaggerations. I have observed and recorded 'scare mongering' effects utilised by politics on policy and economic competition since the early 1980s. I now believe that in a subject as new, complex and poorly understood as climate science and climate history over geologic time – which I studied as a physical geographer and geomorphologist in Australia – all voices should be published and debated. However, the opposite happened once the climate research, with help of the IPCC and the WMO became de facto servants of global and EU energy ambitions.
Part of the journal's official mission statement reads: "E&E has consistently striven to publish many ‘voices’ and to challenge conventional wisdoms. Perhaps more so than other European energy journal, the editor has made E&E a forum for more sceptical analyses of ‘climate change’ and the advocated solutions".
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