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A powerpoint presentation done by Ghassan Karam at the Left Forum 2011 about the failure of green capitalism

A powerpoint presentation done by Ghassan Karam at the Left Forum 2011 about the failure of green capitalism

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  • 1. Panel Chapman/Karam/Pajo
  • 2. A Failure
  • 3.
    • Leopold *Mill
    • Roegen *Malthus
    • Daly *Zizek
    • Naess *Harvey
    • Hardin *Foster
    • Bookchin *Wilson
    • Mumford *Marx
    • Ehrlich *Goodwin
    • Hansen *Lovelock
    • Diamond *Sagoff
    • Speth *Taintter
  • 4.
    • Total failure at all levels
    • Deal with superficial only
    • Emphasize symptoms
    • Never go to the root
    • Avoid rocking the boat
    • (teach what is known to be false)
  • 5.
    • Net Primary Production
    • 3/9 Planetary boundaries have been breeched
    • Millennium Ecosystem assessment Study.
    • Lovelock /Hansen /Speth projections
    • Peak Oil
    • Fisheries
    • I=f(P,A,T)
    • Water Scarcity
    • Desertification
    • Ecological foot print
  • 6.
    • Solution is NOT in ecology itself.
    • Apply principle of Specificity.
    • Call for a radical change in structure that created the problem: CAPITALISM
  • 7.
    • What is it that we wish to sustain?
    • Intergenerational equity
    • Veil of Ignorance
    • Pareto Optimality
    • Free market cannot guarantee sustainability
    • Allocations always favour the present
  • 8.
    • 2 nd Law of Thermodynamics
    • The more we do the less we have
    • Substitutability vs Complimentarity
    • Simplicity: Is it possible to revert to it?
  • 9.
    • Popularized by Daly
    • Given rise to CASSE
    • New Economics Foundation Tim Jackson
    • New Economics Institute Goodwin
    • Basic premise: Constant human population and constant physical output
  • 10.
    • Competition and Tragedy of the Commons
    • New Indulgances (Ex. BAU and organic)
    • Greenwashing (Pretense: Climate Change)
    • Three R’s (Is Recycling the only one compatable with perpetual growth?)
    • Brown even wrote about a world with no need for new extracting activities lol.
    • Capitalism, ecological crisis, economic and financial crisis.
  • 11.
    • Growth vs limits
    • Could system be reformed ? (Not if the privileges of the global elite are maintained)
    • Climate change is the product of a specific economic system and its negative effects fall primarily on those least responsible for the crisis.
  • 12.
    • Green Capitalist( Hawken, Brown, Cairncross, Lovin, Gore…)
    • Belief to de-couple growth from carbon
    • Efficiency leads to more and not less.
    • De materialization is quite limited
    • Green often creates new problems ( Cut the amazon to plant sugar cane for organic food stores  and farm raised fish; certified wood)
  • 13.
    • In Us energy intensity dropped but energy usage increased.
    • EV vs source for electricity
    • Prius vs Nickel
    • 60% of car pollution is in production
    • Clean Energy and base load
  • 14.
    • Kyoto failed (Gr. & UK only 2 to meet target)
    • Cap & Trade failed ( because of T. of Commons)
    • Carbon Tax failed (They were kept too low)
    • Can we decrease carbon foot print and use non conventional oil?
    • Democrats and Republicans (RR, Bush Sr; Bush Jr ;Clinton and Obama oppose carbon taxes)
  • 15.
    • Daily consumption 200 million B. Equivalent
    • Renewables represent 0.6%
    • The above indicates that large cuts are required but not for Green Capitalists: Sternest 1% cost in UK and Krugman 1.1-3% for US. ( That does not make any sense)
    • Stern targets 550ppm when Hansen speaks of 350ppm.
    • 550 ppm increase temp. by 3C (That’s where we were 3 million years ago)
  • 16.
    • Green Capitalists are dreaming
    • View that Max. exploitation and saving the planet are compatible is a farce.
    • CEO’s max for shareholders and not the public good.
    • Green Capitalists have been trying for 30 years: Eco system is still collapsing
    • Their diagnosis is accurate but their prescription is wrong
    • Underestimate severity of eco crisis and overestimate de-materialization
    • They conveniently forget that consumerism is not dispensable.
    • This is a capitalist crisis. It is about mode of production and system architecture.
    • Capitalist system carries within it the seeds of its own destruction since growth is not sustainable.
    • Einstein:” Insanity is to do the same thing over and over againbut expecta different outcome”
  • 17.
    • Market based solutions have aggravated the problems:
    • organic
    • eco architecture
    • bio fuels
    • hybrid cars
    • carbon offsets
    • clean coal 
  • 18.
    • There is a crisis of capitalism that manifests itself in Econ. Finance and Ecological spheres.
    • Green Capitalism is for the Environment as long as it can profit from it.
    • Easterbrook: “What’s in it for me?”
    • Green Capitalism is the problem and so it cannot be the solution.
  • 19.
    • His is an “unquestioned belief that the answers to every human dilemma and desire is a gizmo… the very attitude that gave us Global warming to begin with”
    • How about abolishing obscene excesses, a modicum of equitable distribution? How about asking whether we are of the same specie , members of the same family and citizens of the same community?
    • Is there a moral obligation to others?