Strategy: Climate Justice Opportunities After US Carbon Market and Legislative Crashes
Fierce debating about United States climate justice (CJ) strategies and tactics on ZNet over the past couple of months leave us ready to continue exploring comradely but sharp differences.
In ZNet Commentaries on these pages, Robin Hahnel and Ted Glick firmly dispute, respectively, two views we hold from a long way away in Durban, South Africa:
• first, to fight global warming, carbon markets are a destructive distraction, and should be decommissioned; and
• second, national legislative campaigning is futile given the prevailing balance of forces (and weak bills) on offer in the US.
Instead, CJ activists everywhere are better off directly confronting the largest emitters, their financiers and their regulators.
We’ll briefly restate these positions, and then provide an alternative CJ opportunity that both us have come to the US to campaign on behalf of during the next two weeks: halting World Bank coal financing.