Land and Resource Scarcity
Capitalism, Struggle and Well-being in a World without Fossil Fuels
Edited by Andreas Exner, Peter Fleissner, Lukas Kranzl, Werner Zittel
Routledge – 2013 – 320 pages
This book brings together geological, biological, radical economic, technological, historical and social perspectives on peak oil and other scarce resources. The contributors to this volume argue that these scarcities will put an end to the capitalist system as we know it and alternatives must be created. The book combines natural science with emancipatory thinking, focusing on bottom up alternatives and social struggles to change the world by taking action. The volume introduces original contributions to the debates on peak oil, land grabbing and social alternatives, thus creating a synthesis to gain an overview of the multiple crises of our times.
The book sets out to analyse how crises of energy, climate, metals, minerals and the soil relate to the global land grab which has accelerated greatly since 2008, as well as to examine the crisis of profit production and political legitimacy. Based on a theoretical understanding of the multiple crises and the effects of peak oil and other scarcities on capital accumulation, the contributors explore the social innovations that provide an alternative.
Using the most up to date research on resource crises, this integrative and critical analysis brings together the issues with a radical perspective on possibilites for future change as well as a strong social economic and ethical dimesion. The book should be of interest to researchers and students of environmental policy, politics, sustainable development and natural resource management.
"Unlike in the majority of books where each chapter is written by different people, in this case the editing process has allowed the chapters to be interwoven without repeating ideas, and the result is a coherent block with clear ideas that are developed throughout the book. A second virtue of the book is that it broadens the reader’s perspective and tries to provide a complex view of reality. Sociological, economic, environmental, energetic and psychological aspects are dealt with in an intertwined way. Only analyses of this type will lead to finding satisfactory solutions to the crisis of civilization in which we find ourselves." – Luis Glez Reyes
1. Exiting the Multiple Crisis through "Green" Growth, Elmar Altvater and Margot Geiger 2. The End of the Black Epoch: Fossil Fuel Peaks, Werner Zittel 3. The Stuff of the Green Revolution: Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphate, Werner Zittel 4. Coloured Metals or the Mining Comeback,Werner Zittel, Andreas Exner 5. Land and the Centrality of Biomass, Lukas Kranzl, Gerald Kalt, Christian Lauk, Kay Kemendy, Andreas Exner 6. The New Land Grab at the Frontiers of the Fossil Energy Regime, Andreas Exner 7. Possible Futures among Dictatorship, Chaos, and Living Well , Peter Fleissner and Andreas Exner 8. De-growth Solidarity: The Great Socio-Ecological Transformation of the 21st Century, Andreas Exner 9. A Strategy of Double Power: The State and Global Regulation, Andreas Exner
Andreas Exner is an ecologist at Umweltbüro GmbH, Austria.
Peter Fleissner was Professor at Vienna University of Technology, Austria, until he retired in 2006.
Lukas Kranzl is a senior researcher at the Energy Economics Group at Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Werner Zittel is a scientist at Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik GmbH, Germany.