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Overview

A provocative call for delegitimizing fossil fuels rather than accommodating them, accompanied by case studies from Ecuador to Appalachia and from Germany to Norway.

Not so long ago, people North and South had little reason to believe that wealth from oil, gas, and coal brought anything but great prosperity. But the presumption of net benefits from fossil fuels is eroding as widening circles of people rich and poor experience the downside.

A positive transition to a post-fossil fuel era cannot wait for global agreement, a swap-in of renewables, a miracle technology, a carbon market, or lifestyle change. This book shows that it is now possible to take the first step toward the post-fossil fuel era, by resisting the slow violence of extreme extraction and combustion, exiting the industry, and imagining a good life after fossil fuels. It shows how an environmental politics of transition might occur, arguing for going to the source rather than managing byproducts, for delegitimizing fossil fuels rather than accommodating them, for engaging a politics of deliberately choosing a post-fossil fuel world.

Six case studies reveal how individuals, groups, communities, and an entire country have taken first steps out of the fossil fuel era, with experiments that range from leaving oil under the Amazon to ending mountaintop removal in Appalachia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262527330
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 05/15/2015
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas Princen explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency (both published by the MIT Press).

Jack P. Manno writes about sustainability, ecological economics, and indigenous values at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is the author of Privileged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impacts on Environment and Society.

Pamela L. Martin examines issues of sustainability, energy, and rights at Coastal Carolina University. She is the author of Oil in the Soil: The Politics of Paying to Preserve the Amazon and coauthor of An Introduction to World Politics: Conflict and Consensus on a Small Planet.

Thomas Princen explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency (both published by the MIT Press).

Jack P. Manno writes about sustainability, ecological economics, and indigenous values at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is the author of Privileged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impacts on Environment and Society.

Pamela L. Martin examines issues of sustainability, energy, and rights at Coastal Carolina University. She is the author of Oil in the Soil: The Politics of Paying to Preserve the Amazon and coauthor of An Introduction to World Politics: Conflict and Consensus on a Small Planet.

Jack P. Manno writes about sustainability, ecological economics, and indigenous values at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is the author of Privileged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impacts on Environment and Society.

Thomas Princen explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency (both published by the MIT Press).

Thomas Princen explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency (both published by the MIT Press).

Pamela L. Martin examines issues of sustainability, energy, and rights at Coastal Carolina University. She is the author of Oil in the Soil: The Politics of Paying to Preserve the Amazon and coauthor of An Introduction to World Politics: Conflict and Consensus on a Small Planet.

Jack P. Manno writes about sustainability, ecological economics, and indigenous values at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is the author of Privileged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impacts on Environment and Society.

Pamela L. Martin examines issues of sustainability, energy, and rights at Coastal Carolina University. She is the author of Oil in the Soil: The Politics of Paying to Preserve the Amazon and coauthor of An Introduction to World Politics: Conflict and Consensus on a Small Planet.

Thomas Princen explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency (both published by the MIT Press).

Thomas Princen explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency (both published by the MIT Press).

Jack P. Manno writes about sustainability, ecological economics, and indigenous values at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is the author of Privileged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impacts on Environment and Society.

Pamela L. Martin examines issues of sustainability, energy, and rights at Coastal Carolina University. She is the author of Oil in the Soil: The Politics of Paying to Preserve the Amazon and coauthor of An Introduction to World Politics: Conflict and Consensus on a Small Planet.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part 1 The Fossil Fuel Problem 1

1 The Problem Thomas Princen Jack P. Manno Pamela L. Martin 3

2 The Biophysical: The Decline in Energy Returned on Energy Invested, Net Energy, and Marginal Benefits Jack P. Manno Stephen B. Balogh 37

3 The Cultural: The Magic, the Vision, the Power Thomas Princen 53

4 The Ethical: A Fossil Fuel Ethic Thomas Princen 97

Part 2 Keeping Them in the Ground 107

Introduction to Part 2 109

5 Leaving Oil under the Amazon: The Yasuní-ITT Initiative as a Postpetroleum Model? Pamela L. Martin 119

6 Appalachia Coal: The Campaign to End Mountaintop Removal Mining Laura A. Bozzip 145

7 El Salvador Gold: Toward a Mining Ban Robin Broad John Cavanagh 167

8 Slowing Uranium in Australia: Lessons for Urgent Transition beyond Coal, Gas, and Oil James Goodman Stuart Rosewarne 193

9 The Future Would Have to Give Way to the Past: Germany and the Coal Dilemma Tom Morton 223

10 Heating Up and Cooling Down the Petrostate: The Norwegian Experience Helge Ryggvik Berit Kristoffersen 249

Part 3 The Politics of Delegitimization 277

11 The Good Life (Sumak Kawsay) and the Good Mind (Ganigonhi:oh):Indigenous Values and Keeping Fossil fuels is the Ground Jack P. Manno Pamela L. Martin 279

12 Exit Strategies Thomas Princen Adele Santana 311

13 On the Way Down: Fossil Fuel Politics in the Twenty-First Century Thomas Princen Jack P. Manno Pamela L. Martin 333

Contributors 365

Index 367

What People are Saying About This

Annie Leonard

Princen, Manno, and Martin have done the nearly impossible job of acknowledging the reality of climate change while still leaving readers with hope. Rather than dismissing the resistance to new fossil fuel exploration popping up around the world, they provide frontline reports and analyses of the Keep It in the Ground movement that offer a way forward.

Herman E. Daly

Combining their own substantial work with that of colleagues, the author-editors present a broad and insightful analysis of the necessity and difficulty of winding down the fossil era. Highly recommended.

Rob Nixon

Ending the Fossil Fuel Era is an urgent, timely, and brilliant book. From Appalachia to the Amazon, from Australia to Germany, the authors capture the transnational spirit of resistance to the violence and the dead-endedness of extreme extraction. If you believe we need to make the bold imaginative, ethical, technological, and political transition to a more just and biophysically sustainable planet, this book is indispensable reading.

Endorsement

Princen, Manno, and Martin have done the nearly impossible job of acknowledging the reality of climate change while still leaving readers with hope. Rather than dismissing the resistance to new fossil fuel exploration popping up around the world, they provide frontline reports and analyses of the Keep It in the Ground movement that offer a way forward.

Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace US, and author of The Story of Stuff

From the Publisher

Ending the Fossil Fuel Era is an urgent, timely, and brilliant book. From Appalachia to the Amazon, from Australia to Germany, the authors capture the transnational spirit of resistance to the violence and the dead-endedness of extreme extraction. If you believe we need to make the bold imaginative, ethical, technological, and political transition to a more just and biophysically sustainable planet, this book is indispensable reading.

Rob Nixon, author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Combining their own substantial work with that of colleagues, the author-editors present a broad and insightful analysis of the necessity and difficulty of winding down the fossil era. Highly recommended.

Herman E. Daly, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Princen, Manno, and Martin have done the nearly impossible job of acknowledging the reality of climate change while still leaving readers with hope. Rather than dismissing the resistance to new fossil fuel exploration popping up around the world, they provide frontline reports and analyses of the Keep It in the Ground movement that offer a way forward.

Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace US, and author of The Story of Stuff

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