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    Emergency Sustainable Infrastructure

    Dear Derian: Everything you say must be part of the effort to redesign human relations as well as our relationship with the rest of nature. And, I am sure you would agree, that such infrastructural project must be part of a much bigger effort to transition to a world where local and regional...
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    Means of Production or Means of Destruction?

    Ecosocialism requires its own methodology. Presumably, most ecosocialists subscribe to some version of the materialist conception of history. This short "think-piece" poses questions for those who subscribe to Marx's and Engels' historical method in this context. I hope it will generate...
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    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    I posted a similar message on the internal System Change not Climate Change listserv. Below is Richard Smith's reponse. === Thanks Kamran, I can’t take time to rebut this in detail right now. What I would say, as I said in my article, is that the central government can suppress emissions (or...
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    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    Dear Richard, This morning The New York Times carried an Upshot column, usually, a short report of some scholarly research, by Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago that is well worth reading. He has researched China's anti-pollution campaign...
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    Can Divestment from Fossil Fuels Stop the Climate Crisis and Save the World?

    In her essay, “How New York City Won Divestment from Fossil Fuels,” Nancy Romer (2018) celebrates the January 10th announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio that New York City will divest $5 billion of its pension funds presently invested in fossil fuels by recounting how the divestment coalition...
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    Too Little, Too Late: Climate Crisis and the OFF Act Bill of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabber

    Food & Water Action Off Fossil Fuels campaign is promoting Congresswoman from Hawai'i Tulsi Gabber's OFF Act bill that claims a just transition to 100% "clean" renewables by 2035. David Jones is skeptical and has written the following as a critique of the bill. As a working person with a...
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    How much does flying heat the planet?

    Thanks, David, for this. Just before Christmas, Atlanta airport experienced a blackout which resulted in the cancelation of many flights for an extended time (shorter than a day as I recall). Reading about this, I learned that Atlanta airport is the busiest in the country with about 121...
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    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    Dear Richard: Thank you very much for this very illuminating discussion of the Chinese economy, society, and state and why it is an illusion by many bourgeois liberals and the bulk of the mainstream climate justice movement to hold China as leading the fight against climate change while the...
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    Debate on Richard Heinberg's Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem

    Dear Mike: My sincere apology for missing your comment address to me on this thread. As it turns out, one gets an email from the Forum when a new comment is added IF one has signed up for it. I was not signed up to get notices of new comments. Hence missed your very important comment directed...
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    The Catalan Integral Cooperative … The Simpler Way revolution is well underway!

    The following article by the Australian ecoanarchist Ted Trainer examines the Catalan Integral Cooperative)CIC), a political project to bring together workers and consumers to produce an alternative to capitalism and the social and ecological crisis it has been generating. All questions and...
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    The First Ecosocialist International: Combined Strategy and Plan of Action

    Quincy Saul is the co-founder of Ecosocialist Horizons. He has written the following email to a few of SCnCC members who have been in communication with David Schwartzman and him about the Venezuela ecosocialist meeting that has launched "The First Ecosocialist International." Saul's email...
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    The First Ecosocialist International: Combined Strategy and Plan of Action

    David Schwartzman who attended the ecosocialist meeting in Venezuela has written a very informative report of it that I urge everyone to read in conjunction with the statement issued by the meeting posted above. Here is the link to Schwartzman's report: Report from the First Ecosocialist...
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    The First Ecosocialist International: Combined Strategy and Plan of Action

    The following is the manifesto of a gathering of "around 100 people from 19 countries and five continents, 12 original peoples from Our America, and ecosocialist activists from 14 states of Venezuela" that decided to launch what they have called "The First Ecosocialist International." The...
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    Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

    Responding to two questions Saral Sarkar raised in his "For Saving the Earth We Need to Tell the Whole Truth: An Ecosocialist's Response to Richard Smith." On Saral's objection to "bottom-up democracy": A part of Saral's criticism of Richard's essay, strangely enough, is about the latter's...
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    Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

    On the limits to growth mantra... In this comment, I like to focus on the mantra of the ecological movement also shared by ecological socialists as cited in Richard's essay. He writes concerning unceasing drive for capitalist accumulation, hence universal commitment to economic growth: "The...
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    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    The following is a new essay by Richard Smith that appeared in the Real-World Economics Review issue, 82. The essay summarizes the main argument in his forthcoming book (Verso, 2018). Here is the Abstract of the essay Abstract: Can China lead the fight against climate change? If not, why not...
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    Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

    Earlier in this thread, I wrote as the moderator to urge focusing attention on what Richard's essay was written to address. Also, I expressed my own interest to add some ideas to those raised by Richard's essay. I did not get to do the latter because I was writing the review essay now posted...
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    On China Miéville’s “October” (Some lessons from the Russian revolutions of 1917)

    There has been a flurry of books and articles published on the centenary of the 1917 Russian revolutions and for good reason. The Russian revolution continues to be a source of historical and political debates about feasibility and desirability of socialism and the Bolshevik legacy. Were the...
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    Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

    I am glad Richard intervened clarifying his own position. I have written to Saral informing him that there is an interest in and a discussion of his contribution. I also provided him with information he needs to "register" for the Forum and the link to this page. He has not responded to me or...
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    Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

    Richard's essay ends with an invitation to discussion. Note from the moderator, Kamran Nayeri: Saral Sarkar, the author of Eco-Socialism or Eco-capitalism: A Critical Analysis of Humanity's Fundamental Choices (1999) has responded to Richard's sending it for publication in Our Place in the...
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