New Book: Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution
Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World
Edited By Kolya Abramsky
As the world’s energy system is on the verge of far reaching change, it is also coming up for grabs. A worldwide struggle over who controls the sector, and for what purposes, is intensifying. It is becoming increasingly clear, both to capitalist planners and anti-capitalist struggles alike, that some form of “green capitalism” is now on the agenda. We are told from all sides that it is, finally, time to “save the planet” in order to “save the economy,” yet what remains unsaid is the fact that the transition process to a new energy system is, in effect, the next round of global class struggle over control of key means of production and subsistence.
Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution is the first and only book to combine systematic analysis with stories of concrete developments and struggles within the global energy sector. From the social struggles at the heart of the existing, predominantly fossil fuel-based, energy sector to the emerging alliances, conflicts, and hierarchies that have come to define the globally-expanding renewable energy sector, this impressive collection ultimately poses the question of whether a transition to a new energy system will take place within the framework of capitalism, or as part of a wider process of building new social relations which seek to go beyond capitalism—as part of a collective search for an emancipatory way out of the worst economic-financial, and increasingly political, crisis since the Great Depression.
Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution includes over 50 chapters, written by people from approximately 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. All contributors are organizers and researchers with years of experience in different strategic locations within the world-wide energy sector. The book forms a collective map, based on the view as seen from some of the many different actors within the energy sector.