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    What Would It Cost to Buy Out the Fossil Fuel Industry?

    David, in response to your question, Pollin's call for nationalizations via buyout of the fossil fuel producers is congruent with my call for the same in my article. But there are several differences between my arguments and those of Pollin. First, Pollin like nearly every other proponent of...
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    A Green New Deal vs. Revolutionary Ecosocialism

    I completely agree and have argued that point myself (as in my critique of Herman Daly's defense of the market organization of production: and in my six theses article: Six Theses on Saving the Planet). We do want to reduce the amount of...
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    A Green New Deal vs. Revolutionary Ecosocialism

    UBI is a non-starter in my view. Rightly or wrongly, it will be viewed as welfare. What people want is honest work, a job that they can feel good about doing and one that pays them well. That's why full employment, jobs for all, is a better approach. And since any realistic decarbonization is...
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    A Green New Deal vs. Revolutionary Ecosocialism

    You didn't answer my question. Do you have a real job that you get paid for doing?
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    A Green New Deal vs. Revolutionary Ecosocialism

    So are you proposing that the rest of us should work for bosses producing the food you eat, the house you liven in, the car you drive, while you receive a universal basic income so you can do meaningful things? Or are you proposing that no one work to produce what we need so that everyone can...
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    Scientific and Revolutionary Reticence in the Age of the Anthropocene

    In the abstract Hansen writes: "Delay is dangerous because of system inertias that could create a situation with future sea level changes out of our control.” The problem is that the scale of change we need to bring about to prevent runaway warming and flooding requires such a wholesale...
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    The fires this time and their implications for eco-socialists

    Steve Ongerth posted the following link: Emergency of global warming too serious to ignore No representatives of capitalism dealing with it Affects all other political issues There ARE solutions Socialists should connect the dots and explain: It's not human caused; it's capitalist caused...
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    PNAS: Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

    THE FIRES THIS TIME What no one wants to talk about is the inescapable imperarative need to organize a global shutdown of non-essential industries, which is now our only option. If humanity had taken serious steps to mitigate emissions decades ago in the 1980s when scientist began warning us...
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    PNAS: Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

    The ecological footprint of work So what, exactly, is Eric Holthaus’s suggestion for “acting boldly”? What does he (and Grist), propose that we do to stop the threat of runaway global warming? This is a good idea in the abstract. I’m all for less production and longer vacations. A couple of...
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    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    Yesterday, Greenpeace published a study entitled "Is it time to panic? Dramatic surge in China's carbon emissions signals climate danger." Dramatic surge in China carbon emissions signals climate danger. This report, unfortunately, buttresses the arguments I made in this paper to the effect that...
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    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    Kamran, to your two questions: First as to China's data. China specialists know that Chinese data are not reliable yet for the most part, that's what we have to work with. Greenpeace and others do their own research as far as they can. Western specialiststry to correct what they can, but as...
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    Debate on Richard Heinberg's Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem

    On the question of human causation of megafauna extinction I have no idea. But what to people think of this essay?
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    Divestment: What is it good for?

    I've always felt that the attraction of this particular divestment campaign is that it gives people the feeling that they're doing something without really having to change their own lives or implore others to change theirs. It's mostly a feel-good exercise, like buying green products at the...
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    Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

    Saral misreads my statement. He says "Richard writes, "Capitalism, not population is the main driver of planetary ecological collapse … .". It sounds like an echo of statements from old-Marxist-socialism. It is not serious. Is Richard telling us that, while we are fighting a long-drawn-out...
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    The Silk-Salamon “Victory Plan”: potentials, contradictions, questions

    On July 14th David Wallace-Wells published a cover story in New York Magazine, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” on some of the worst-case scenarios that the climate crisis could cause by the end of this century. It describes killer heat waves, crippling agricultural failures, a devastated economy...