Archive | Capitalism

Electric Evasion: The Great Green Car Con

Greenwashing 101:  Why electric cars can make things worse +++++++++ by Michael Dawson Counterpunch For any product that gets produced, green-ness involves four questions: Material Intake: How much and what types of material does making the product extract from the environment? Material Output: How does the product end up putting materials back into the environment, […]

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Hungary's red mud: natural or man-made disaster?

For years, environmentalists in Hungary and elsewhere have warned of the dangers of this by-product of aluminum production and especially the way it is stored ++++++++  (In Defense of Marxism, October 12, 2010)  Overnight the world has woken up to intimate knowledge of the process of extracting aluminium from bauxite and its by-product the red mud, […]

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Did anyone actually read BP’s oil spill response plan?

More proof that oil companies can’t be trusted to protect the environment — and that capitalist governments can’t be trusted to make them behave. May 25 news release from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Washington, DC — BP’s official response plan for oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico is studded with patently inaccurate and inapplicable […]

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BP and the 'Little Eichmanns'

The corporations, and those who run them, consume, pollute, oppress and kill.  They will drain the last drop of profit from us until there is nothing left. ++++++++++++ by Chris Hedges Truthdig, May 17, 2010 Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond […]

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Bolivia Rejects U.S. Blackmail on Copenhagen Accord

The Washington Post and the Guardian reported on April 9 that the U.S. is withholding promised climate change adaptation funds from Bolivia and Ecuador, because those countries refused to endorse Obama’s fraudulent Copenhagen Accord. Here’s Bolivia’s response, as reported by the Associated Press  on April 10: Bolivia protests US suspension of climate aid BONN, Germany […]

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Meet Canada's Fossil Fools …

(from It’s Getting Hot in Here) People for Climate Justice, a national coalition of concerned residents in Canada wish to announce the Fossil Fools of the Year, but who is it going to be? Vote for your choice. People for CJ have nominated several tar sands supporters, all worthy of the dubious prize. It will […]

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Study exposes massive outsourcing of emissions by rich countries

New study reveals scale of “outsourced emissions” Around a third of industrialised countries carbon emissions are exported to developing nations ++++++++++++ by Bryan Walsh Time Magazine, March 9, 2010 Popularly, China is a villain in climate change. Many people who attended last year’s chaotic U.N. climate-change talks in Copenhagen — especially those who belonged to the […]

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Friedman Fantasizes about Green Capitalism

The mentality that “natural capitalism” can save the world will lead to a the “Fortress World” scenario, the rich, walled in enclaves, periodically breached by the world’s poor (Courtesy of Jewbonics, November 15, 2009) Climate change is class war, extended to future generations. Capitalist economic production says, our accrual of wealth is more important than […]

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Capitalism or a habitable planet – you can't have both

We somehow missed this article when it was published over two years ago, but what it says remains absolutely true: the existing system is unsustainable by its very nature. It can’t be fixed. +++++++++++++ by Robert Newman The Guardian, February 2, 2006 There is no meaningful response to climate change without massive social change. A […]

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Mainstream Economists versus the Earth

[From “Notes from the Editors,” Monthly Review, July-August 2009. Posted by permission.] A new book by economist Frank Ackerman, Can We Afford the Future?: The Economics of a Warming World (Zed, 2009), presents an important and startling thesis: “As the climate science debate is reaching closure, the climate economics debate is heating up. The controversial […]

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A Call for De-growth

The term is virtually unknown elsewhere, but in France and Italy there has been considerable interest in environmentalist circles in “Décroissance soutenable” – sustainable de-growth. The following is a Declaration issued by a conference on the subject held last year in Paris. The conference proceedings, 322 pages of documents, can be downloaded here. We, participants […]

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