Ending the Fossil Fuel Era
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.
HardcoverOut of Print ISBN: 9780262028806 392 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 8 figures
Paperback$30.00 S | £24.00 ISBN: 9780262527330 392 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 8 figures
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.
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.
Executive Director, Greenpeace US, and author of The Story of Stuff
- Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2015