After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy

Pre-Conference Reading

Pre-Conference Reading

Background paper:

Systemic Crisis and Systemic Change in the United States in the 21st Century (pdf)

Prepared for After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy conference, Oberlin, Ohio. October 2016.

Written by Gar Alperovitz, Joe Guinan, Ted Howard, and Gus Speth, this paper describes the economic landscape pertinent to the transition to the clean energy economy and frames the significant issues. It is intended to provoke discussion, clarify, and to some extent prioritize issues ahead.

Additional relevant readings:

Solar Eclipse?

Fitzgerald, Joan. The American Prospect. July 20, 2016.

Trickle Down's Failures Apparent to All, Except Those in Charge

Flaccavento, Anthony. The Progressive Wing. September 22, 2016.

Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape our New Economy

Fullerton, John. Capital Institute. April 2015.

Hidden Injuries of Class, Race, and Culture

Kuttner, Robert. The American Prospect. October 3, 2016.

Needed: A Better Story (pdf)

Lovins, L. Hunter. Humanistic Management Journal January 1, 2016. 75-90.

A World at War

McKibben, Bill. New Republic. August 15, 2016.

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math

McKibben, Bill. Rolling Stone. July 19, 2012.

Is the Post-Fossil Fuel Era Now Inevitable?

Northrop, Michael. The Huffington Post. January 11, 2016.

Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward (Chapter 5: Economy) (pdf)

Orr, David. Yale University Press. 2016.

How Can Fossil Fuel Supplies Be Constrained?

Yeo, Sophie. RenewEconomy. September 30, 2016.