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51 Synthesis/Regeneration       Winter 2010


Less Energy, More Justice

Double Jeopardy: Carbon Offsets and Human Rights Abuses
Melissa Checker likens using carbon offsets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to trying to lose weight by paying someone else to go on a diet.
Politics-as-Usual While the Planet Burns
Brian Tokar notes that proposed legislation would give 7400 facilities annual allowances to continue emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Climate Disobedience
Mark Engler explains why hope that politicians will eventually come to their senses cannot suffice as a political strategy for climate change.
The Cellulosic Ethanol Delusion
Robert Bryce documents that production of cellulosic ethanol requires about 42 times as much water and emits about 50% more carbon dioxide than does gasoline.
Ethanol's Drug Problem
Stan Cox worries that ethanol plants could breed and disperse drug-resistant bacteria.
Carbon Trading: A Brief Introduction
Oscar Reyes observes that cap and trade was never set up to directly tackle the key task of a rapid transition away from fossil fuel extraction.
Thoughts on the Transition to a Sustainable Society
Ted Trainer believes that a sustainable and just society must be made up mostly of small local economies.


Pesticides Indicted in Bee Deaths
Julia Scott asks if insecticides can weaken the bees until a parasite or pathogen moves in to finish them off.
The Value of Dead Trees
George Wuerthner understands that an abundance of dead trees demonstrates that the forest ecosystem is functioning perfectly well.
What the Police Won't Apologize For
Don Fitz reports that there was no mention of the role of police in attempts to force genetically contaminated food on Africans with immuno-compromised health.

Thinking Economically

Workplace Resistance and Self-management
Marie Trigona describes worker cooperatives that take any measure possible to avoid laying off workers.
Mined Out in Zambia
Jean-Christophe Servant recounts thousands of workers being laid off and those remaining being forced to work 12-hour days.
The Development of Venezuela's Popular Economy
Jan Ullrich reviews a system which obligates members to produce services and goods and to participate in the internal decision making process.
Why We Can't Be Green if We're in the Red
Molly Scott Cato and Chris Hart want to use insight into the importance of use value rather than exchange value.
Andre Gorz: Ecology as Utopistics
Richard Burke maintains that Gorz was serious about the need to heed ecological limits and reduce production.

Thinking Politically

Jurassic Fallout in Mexico
John Ross points out that Calderon, who campaigned as the "President of Employment," presided over the loss of 2,000,000 jobs.
The Rise and Fall of the Irish Greens
Joseph Healy ponders a party seeking "professionalism" at all costs and very thin on ideology.

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