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Dave Jones, New Politics, February 1, 2021
Cover of People's Power

A Review of Ashley Dawson, People’s Power: Reclaiming the Energy Commons (OR Books, 2020)

I don’t mind admitting, when my wife and I purchased a solar array two years ago, I basked a bit in my climate virtue. True enough, the tax incentives were a factor. And the idea of being self-sufficient through some looming, dystopian collapse was vaguely reassuring. But I must also admit I had not considered the resources and energy, the extraction and exploitation, that made my shiny, virtuous “clean energy” possible.

Richard Smith, System Change Not Climate Change, November 22, 2020
China's President Xi Jinping inspects the Three Gorges Dam

With California and Oregon on fire as Climate Week opened in New York on September 21 “climate arsonist” Donald Trump took to the virtual floor of the UN General Assembly and slammed China for its environmental record while ignoring his own efforts to save the coal industry and boost fossil fuel consumption – actions that earned him that sobriquet from Joe Biden.[1]

Asher Miller, Post Carbon Institute, October 30, 2020

System Change Not Climate Change readers and viewers will want to take a look at the interviews referenced here from PCI.

Introducing “The Great Unraveling?”, a series of interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts on a broad range of environmental and societal challenges, culminating with a powerful discussion on what these converging and accelerating crises mean, and how we can respond.

Joshua Cho, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, October 22, 2020
Yes We Can Ban Fracking poster

In last week’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence, Harris reiterated Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s rejection of a fracking ban, despite her earlier call for one when she was a presidential candidate (CBS News, 10/7/20):

“I will repeat, and the American people know, that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact,” Harris said.

Michael Sainato, The Guardian, August 12, 2019
Mountaintop removal  Chris Jordan-Bloch Earthjustice

Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty

Jeremy Corbyn, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, February 12, 2018

It is a pleasure to close today’s conference which has shown once again that it is our Party that is coming up with big ideas.

And we’re not talking about ideas and policies dreamed up by corporate lobbyists and think tanks or the wonks of Westminster, but plans and policies rooted in the experience and understanding of our members and our movement; drawing on the ingenuity of each individual working together as part of a collective endeavour with a common goal.

Rasmus Landström, Verso Books, February 7, 2018

First published at ETC. Translated by Sam Carlshamre.

Andreas Malm, ROAR Mag, January 4, 2018

Our best hope now is an immediate return to the flow. CO2 emissions have to be brought close to zero: some sources of energy that do not produce any emissions bathe the Earth in an untapped glow. The sun strikes the planet with more energy in a single hour than humans consume in a year.

Joseph Mathunjwa, Daily Mavrick, November 13, 2017

The global economy is facing numerous structural challenges. With the looming fourth economic revolution characterised by even more technological development and mechanisation, the future of productive labour is bleak. Most unskilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to lose their jobs. Even some skilled workers are not spared from this emerging catastrophe, as numerous job categories – such as brick-layers – are increasingly becoming redundant.

David Schwartzmann, medium.com, October 24, 2017

In this essay, I was provoked to respond to Stan Cox’s widely-shared article “100 Percent Wishful Thinking: The Green-Energy Cornucopia”, in which he argues that a transition to 100% renewable energy is neither technically feasible, nor desirable.

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