Monthly Archives: February 2013

We’ve known for a long time that the EU ETS doesn’t work. Carbon prices are now lower than ever. Time to scrap a false and broken green capitalist solution to climate change.

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Training camps to stop mountaintop removal.

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Obama leads the nation down the wrong path – green capitalism.

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Incredibly important case. Check out Vandana Shiva’s “Biopiracy” for the devastating impact of seed terminator technologies on farmers in the developing world.

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The new imperialism = commodifying the global commons

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Carbon offset plantations have already displaced many people in the global South. Now GE trees pose an additional threat. They are a terrible idea, an example of accumulation by dispossession that must be stopped!

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Carbon trading has failed

ETS3The price of carbon on global markets has crashed to hitherto unsurpassed lows in recent weeks. There were many problems inherent in carbon markets from the outset, but these problems have become glaringly obvious as time goes on. It’s long past time to scrap this approach to dealing with climate change.

An excellent account of the crisis of the most advanced attempt to commodify emissions – the European Emissions Trading System – can be found here.

In general, we need a new approach to dealing with the major environmental crises of our times. Green capitalism is failing us on a number of different fronts. Organizations such as Via Campesina have long been arguing for local, decentralized systems of power generation and agriculture as alternatives to the feckless, destructive energy regime under which we now live. These alternatives are even more important to foreground now, before major polluting nations such as the US sign on to their versions of emissions trading.

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