[Marxism] Less Energy
durable at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 25 08:07:30 MST 2006
The following is from the editor of "Synthesis/Regeneration,"
a magazine of green social thought.
What's the best way to save energy? Think of a couple
of more ways and write all three down and then read
the rest of this.
Are the ideas that you thought of things that
individuals do like turning your thermostat down or
riding a bicycle instead of driving? Or, were they
social policy ideas, like taxing food transported over
100 miles or requiring homes to be constructed as part
of adjoining housing units?
Chances are, at least 2 of your 3 ideas were
individual choices and not social policy. It is very
difficult to break out of the mindset that individual
choices are the way to conserve energy. But break out
we must if we are going to significantly lower energy
consumption. It's no accident that corporate media
hypes the individual choice type of thinking. It lets
big business off the hook. By blaming individuals for
overconsumption, it ignores social factors that
severely limit our options.
We are told endlessly that Americans love their cars.
Many people would choose mass transportation but live
in a city where that would mean spending over an hour
getting to work. In St. Louis years ago there was a
conscious corporate decision to destroy public
When the "Call for Papers" for this issue of SIR went
out, it invited " ... submissions that go beyond
individual sacrifice and explore structural changes
that would massively reduce the use of energy."
Nevertheless, at least a third of submissions focused
on voluntary life-style changes. Propaganda promoting
energy reduction based on individual acts is so
powerful that even when asked "What can a society do?"
many authors still tend to answer in terms of personal
So, S/R is repeating its call for articles on "Less
Energy." S/R would like to receive more articles
exploring a massive (80% or more) reduction in energy
which focus on themes such as ...
What would be the ecological and social consequences
of failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at
Could current levels of production be maintained by
switching to renewable energy?
How could the US reduce energy consumption in
agriculture by 80%?
How can construction of homes and other buildings be
80% more energy efficient?
How can energy consumed in transportation be cut by
How can health care be redesigned for an 80% reduction
in energy? -
How would economies of scale affect efforts to reduce
energy usage in basic industry? What is the most
energy that could be saved by limiting or eliminating
the military-nuclear complex?
What changes in living and work would be necessary for
a massive reduction in energy?
What sort of political. moral and spiritual revolution
would be required to attain an 80% reduction in energy
production and use?
If you would like to address any of these or related
themes, send a 2 or 3 sentence description of what you
plan to cover to fitzdon at aol.com. Send your 500 to
2500 word article by June 1,2007.
S/R published my article, "Wealth or Consumption," in
the winter 2007 issue.
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