The free market vs. the environment

Global warming, pollution, mass welfare, and the failure of market-based solutions

And capitalism is as deadly to the environment as to the workers. Each new environmental catastrophe shows that private property over the earth's resources means the earth's ruin. We have just seen a political crisis over overfishing in the north Atlantic. The destruction of the world's rain forests continues. The East Asian boom is straining the region's water supplies and bringing other environmental disasters. It's not that scientists and thoughtful people didn't see these catastrophes -- it's that marketplace forces are calling the shots. The marketplace is ravishing the environment. It's a deadly mixture: capitalism with the gigantic technological forces of today.

(From The rebirth of communism, the article introducing the first issue of Communist Voice , April 15, 1995.)

Stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic!
Leaflet of Seattle Communist Study Group, May 15, 2015

About Earth Day, 2015
Including brief assessment of seven books and one video
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, April 23, 2015)

Report on the "Teach-In + 50" at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
by Pete Brown
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, April 2, 2015)

Climate change is here! Two faces of the IPCC Synthesis Report
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, November 8, 2014)

About Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, October 11, 2014)

Stop the coal trains!
Leaflet of the Seattle Communist Study Group, October 14, 2013

For a working class trend within the environmental movement, with a program opposed
to the market measures of establishment environmentalism
(presentation by Joseph Green at the "Capital, History and Environmental Politics" panel
at the Platypus Convention)
(CV issue #48, Vol. 10 #1, June 15, 2013)

About the speeches at the "Forward on Climate" rally in Washington, D.C.:
presentation by Pete Brown at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group meeting of March 17, 2013

For a working-class environmental movement
four articles from the Communist Voice about the environmental crisis)

Hurricane Sandy and global warming
Presentation by Tim Hall at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion
Group meeting of December 9, 2012

Say NO to fracking!
by Pete Brown
(CV issue #47, Vol. 18 #1, September 12, 2012)

Fukushima shows why we must build the fight against all nukes!
(Issue #46, vol 17, #1, Nov. 15, 2011)

"24 hours of reality" about global warming,
continuing fantasy about market-based measures:
Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project
(Issue #46, vol 17, #1, Nov. 15, 2011)

The sorry results of the Cancun global warming summit of 2010, the failure of climate capitalism, and the prospects of major change
-- based on a presentation at the January 2, 2011 meeting of the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group,
with an introduction of November 2011 about the upcoming Durban global warming summit of 2011
(Issue #46, vol 17, #1, Nov. 15, 2011)

The Fukushima disaster means no to nuclear power,
(Detroit Workers' Voice #102, October 1, 2011)

The BP oil blowout: the dividends of decades of deregulation and neo-liberalism
by Eric Gordon, August 5, 2010
(Issue #45, vol 16, #2, Nov. 17, 2010)

Class trends in the environmental movement:
Not all that glitters is green
(Issue #45, vol 16, #2, Nov. 17, 2010)

Know who you are dealing with ... the continuum of environmental groups
(Chart reprinted from the Corporate Accountability Project, and discussed in the article "Class trends in the environmental movement: Not all that glitters is green)
(Issue #45, vol 16, #2, Nov. 17, 2010)

Obama's Katrina: the BP oil spill in the Gulf
Down with the market measures and establishment environmentalism that paved the way for this major catastrophe!
(Based on a presentation at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group meeting of June 6, 2010)

Lessons from the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit of 2009
by Joseph Green
(Issue #44, vol 16, #1, Jan. 15, 2010)

'Cap and trade' won't workthe politicians vs. the environment (expanded and referenced version of a talk at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group meeting of Sept. 21, 2008, given under the title "McCain and Obama vs. the environment", 45K
(Issue #43, vol. 15, #1, June 1, 2009)

About The Green-Collar Economy of Van Jones: green jobs are not enough!
by Joseph Green
(Issue #43, vol. 15, #1, June 1, 2009)

The carbon tax -- another failed free-market measure to avoid environmental planning
by Joseph Green, 95K
(Issue #42, vol. 14, #2, Aug. 20, 2008)

Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize and the fiascos of corporate environmentalism
by Joseph Green, 83K
(Issue #41, vol. 14 , #1, Feb. 20, 2008)

The growing consensus on global warming
Fiascos of corporate environmentalism
Carbon trading and the failure to meet the goals of the Kyoto Treaty
--  The looming biofuel disaster
-- American corn ethanol and higher food prices
-- Sugar cane ethanol and the destruction of the Amazon rainforest
-- The palm oil fiasco
Al Gore, advocate for corporate environmentalism
Two types of global warming deniers (one type that Gore fights and one type that Gore represents)
Fighting global warming requires comprehensive economic planning
Mass participation
Environmentalism and the class struggle

Marxism and global warming
Marx and Engels on protecting the environment--a review of John Bellamy Foster's Marx's Ecology
by Joseph Green, 106K
(Issue #40, vol. 13, #2, August, 2007)

The coming of the environmental crisis, the failure of the free market, and the fear of a carbon dictatorship (the Kyoto Protocol, carbon tax and trading, direct regulation, democratic vs. capitalist planning)
by Joseph Green, 128K
(Issue #39, vol. 13, #1, January 24, 2007)

The environmental crisis is upon us
-- New Orleans, a sign of things to come
Failure of the free market:
-- The Montreal Protocol and the protection of the ozone layer
-- The Kyoto Protocol and the fiasco of carbon trading
-- The failed balance-sheet of the Kyoto Protocol
-- The carbon tax -- another attempt at a market solution
-- The record of energy deregulation
-- A comparison of Soviet planning to carbon trading and carbon taxes
Democratic planning and the direct regulation of production:
-- Major changes throughout the economy
-- Material balances, not "true cost pricing"
-- Large-scale production
-- Mass participation
-- Planning for mass welfare
-- The issue of ownership
-- No lasting progress if there is fear of moving towards socialism
War-style environmentalism:
-- Tim Flannery's nightmare -- the "carbon dictatorship" 

The devastation of New Orleans
(Issue #37, vol. 12, #1, February 22, 2006)

The deadly smog in Southeast Asia
Capitalist pollution in Southeast Asia (on the recent deadly smog)
by Frank Arango, Seattle (25K)
(Issue #15, vol. 3, #4, October 15, 1997)

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