Jeff Bezos says everything will be ok

4 August 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Pseudo Solutions

by Roy Wilkes

The climate crisis may be dire, with ever more frequent and increasingly devastating floods and wildfires, with killer droughts and heatwaves across the globe, with oceans warming 40% faster and arctic ice sheets melting 70% faster than had been predicted a mere five years ago, with arctic permafrost melting and belching super-greenhouse methane into the atmosphere, and with carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion continuing to rise year on year regardless.

Continue reading

Global warming: planning not pricing

22 July 2021 — Michael Roberts Blog

by michael roberts

Carbon pricing and carbon taxes are now proposed by international institutions and mainstream economics as the main solutions to ending global warming and destructive climate change.  For some time, the IMF has been pushing for carbon pricing as ‘a necessary if not sufficient’ part of a climate policy package that also includes investment in ‘green technology’ and redistribution of income to help the worst-off cope with the financial burden.  The IMF is now proposing a global minimum carbon price — along the lines of the global minimum floor on corporate taxes which has recently secured agreement.

Continue reading

Climate Change: Why we can’t trust mainstream media

July 20, 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

A Q&A on capitalism, media, and climate: Print and share! 

Tyler Poisson is a public school teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts. He wrote this pamphlet for distribution in his community. We think other activists may find it useful: Click here to download a printable version (pdf) of the pamphlet.


MANUFACTURING CATASTROPHE
How and why mainstream media minimizes climate change

by Tyler Poisson

Continue reading

Is AltE Truly the Best Solution to Climate Catastrophe?

5 July 2021 — The New Dark Age

By Don Fitz

Bulldozer

“Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets!… Accumulation for the sake of accumulation, production for the sake of production: this was the historical mission of the bourgeoisie in the period of its domination …” Karl Marx, Capital, Vol 1, Ch 25

The world is threatened with environmental disaster and capitalists hope to make a killing off of it. Fossil fuel (FF) companies claim they are “environmentally friendly.” Other corporations promote nuclear energy, hydro-power (dams), and solar and wind power as the best energy alternatives.

Continue reading

The Double Deformation

18 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Capital vs Nature and Humanity

Economic exploitation is only one aspect of capitalism. The crisis of humanity and the crisis of the earth system are inseparable


Michael A. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His books include The Socialist Imperative, The Contradictions of Real Socialism, and Between Capitalism and Community, all published by Monthly Review Press. This article is excerpted, with permission, from “Know Your Enemy: How to Defeat Capitalism,” published this month in LINKS: International Journal of Socialist Renewal.


by Michael A. Lebowitz

Continue reading

‘Net zero’ emissions is a dangerous hoax

10 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Corporate ‘climate pledges’ mask inaction and support business as usual

by Brett Wilkins

A new report published Wednesday by a trio of progressive advocacy groups lifts the veil on so-called “net zero” climate pledges, which are often touted by corporations and governments as solutions to the climate emergency, but which the paper’s authors argue are merely a dangerous form of greenwashing that should be eschewed in favor of Real Zero policies based on meaningful, near-term commitments to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Continue reading

Ecosocialist Alliance Statement on G7 Meeting

7 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Towards COP26

For a just ecosocialist transition from capitalism’s unsustainable chaos

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US (and the EU) have a great part of the immense wealth of the richest countries in the world in 2021. This wealth is more than sufficient to provide for the needs for food, water, health, housing and education of the global population.

Continue reading

Ecosocialist Bookshelf, June 2021

1 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Reading for Reds and Greens

New books on Food, Military Science, Nature, Forest Communication, Covid Failure, and Deadly Phones

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

Continue reading

21 May 2021: Costing the earth

21 May 2021 — DeSmogUK

Honestly, we’d really rather not be writing about the UK’s most prominent climate science denial group on a windswept Friday afternoon (or, indeed, any afternoon, tbh).

But in what feels like an alarming pattern of recent weeks, yet another high profile figure has joined the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a thinktank infamous for spreading misinformation on climate change.

Continue reading