Brian Black in Scotland
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Brian Black is invited speaker at conference in Scotland

Brian Black was an invited speaker at the 2018 Petrocultures Conference at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The conference is an international gathering of scholars from a variety of fields who study the intersection of energy and culture. The conference theme was “Transitions.” Black presented his paper “Greening Our Rides? Making Sense of Diesel-gate and the Push for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles."

Black’s paper looks at the role of environmental thought in our current transition away from fossil fuels. In his larger work, he argues that the 1970s Americans began a transition from reliance on fossil fuels and that a primary expression of this shift has been green consumerism. In this paper, he specifically uses the recent scandal in which VW/Audi intentionally misled regulators to make its “clean diesel” technology appear more green to consumers.

Black is a distinguished professor of history and environmental studies and the head of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Penn State Altoona.