People running big corporations—indeed, those running businesses of all sizes—seek to maximize profits not because they are misguided, but because that’s their job in a capitalist economy.
Recommended reading: CO2 rise and denialism; women, nature and capital; left eco-modernists; carbon pricing; massive insect die-off; food nutrients in decline
British Columbia’s carbon tax has been held up as a climate success, but an analysis of the province’s emissions under the tax tells another story.
Oscar Reyes: Hailed as a breakthrough and the beginning of a new world, the COP21 Agreement is long on rhetoric and short on action.
Opponents of the Morales government deliberately misrepresent its strong environmental track record, to advance their own political goals
CO2 levels for February eclipsed prehistoric highs … How agroecology can feed Africa … State of Power 2015 … Paris climate talks and the failure of states
Work and ecological justice; Nuclear in Bolivia; Indigenous voices on Peruvian deforestation; Renewables are not enough; Carbon trading or regulation?
Should the proceeds of a tax on fossil fuels be spent on social programs or distributed? Ian Angus and Michael Friedman discuss climate change exit strategy
Climate and growth in Vietnam; Tar sands in Quebec; Obama’s emissions plan; Oil-by-rail on trial; Nuclear energy; Climate change and carbon trading
Ian Angus replies to Anders Ekeland: Ecosocialists must understand and build on James Hansen’s entire program, not reduce it to a single policy that isn’t suitable for building mass movements.
Has the left been unduly critical of carbon taxes as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Is James Hansen’s “fee and dividend” scheme the kind of practical and concrete plan we should endorse and promote?
Video from Australia: Socialist Alliance member Gemma Weedall speaking at the Marxism 2014 conference.
Brian Tokar: A system based on the accumulation of capital without restraint will require unsustainable growth, however cleverly we measure our ecological footprint.
Should climate activists limit their demands to what’s possible under capitalism? Nick Davenport responds to Robin Hahnel’s support of carbon trading.
Carbon trading is a recent invention, but the idea that capitalists would privatize the air if they could isn’t new at all.
Simon Butler: “We cannot deal with climate change through crisis-prone markets that subsidise dirty energy firms.”
A reply to critics of “Time to scrap the ETS.” Getting rid of Europe’s emissions trading scheme will let us move towards climate policy that works
Europe’s experience shows emissions trading is a disaster: it doesn’t reduce greenhouse gases, subsidizes the worst polluters, and locks in the fossil fuel economy.
To peasants in the Lacandon jungle, the pending carbon offset agreement has all the hallmarks of a land grab. REDD continues the colonial assault on indigenous communities and lifestyles
Some sincere environmentalists believe that markets in carbon offsets will slow climate change. In fact, as Chris Lang of REDD-Monitor explains, carbon offsets are at best a zero sum game.