The free market vs. the environment

Global warming, pollution, mass welfare, and the failure of market-based solutions

And capitalism is as deadly to the environment as to the workers. Each new environmental catastrophe shows that private property over the earth's resources means the earth's ruin. We have just seen a political crisis over overfishing in the north Atlantic. The destruction of the world's rain forests continues. The East Asian boom is straining the region's water supplies and bringing other environmental disasters. It's not that scientists and thoughtful people didn't see these catastrophes -- it's that marketplace forces are calling the shots. The marketplace is ravishing the environment. It's a deadly mixture: capitalism with the gigantic technological forces of today.

(From The rebirth of communism, the article introducing the first issue of Communist Voice , April 15, 1995.)

A global day of climate action
RISE for climate, jobs and justice
(Seattle Workers' Voice vol. 2 #7
and Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, September 8, 2018)

Market fundamentalism plus water equals poison
Reviewing two books on lead poisoning - What the Eyes Don't See
and The great lead water pipe disaster
(by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, August 23, 2018)

Residents protest nuclear waste
People living near West Valley nuclear waste facility in New York State say
"When will the cleanup end?"
(by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, June 20, 2018)

New Michigan laws put corporate polluters in charge of environmental henhouse
(by Pete Brown, Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, September 21, 2018)

Take part in the March for Science
A time of environmental crisis - EARTH DAY 2018
(Seattle Workers' Voice vol. 2, #5 and
Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice
email list, April 10, 2018)

Trump dithers while Puerto Rico faces Disaster
Six things that Puerto Rico needs to recover from the hurricanes
and what Puerto Rico is getting instead
(Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, September 29, 2017)

Floods in Houston and South Asia: signs of things to come
(by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, September 21, 2017)

No to bringing more hazardous waste into Detroit!
Demonstrate July 15 against the expansion of the waste plant misleading called "US Ecology"
(Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, August 29, 2017)

Cliff Mass vs Charles Mudede: a comment on
their debate in Seattle about what to do about global warming
Two non-class views on climate change: "socialist" elitism vs "bipartisan" expertism
(by Eric Gordon, Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, July 3, 2017)

Making America first in climate denialism (part two)
About the Paris climate accord of December 2015 -
the governments patted themselves on the back while the planet burns.
Trump's war on the environment.
And activists seek to stop the giant sucking sound of Nestle's water profiteering
(Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, June 5, 2017)

Making America first in climate denialism (part one)
Trump denounces the Paris climate accord
(Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, June 2, 2017)

The March for Science and the People's Climate March
(one of the articles in in Detroit/Seattle Workers' Voice email list, April 30, 2017)

March for Science and the Environment on Earth Day!
Seattle Workers' Voice #3 says "Into the streets on Earth Day!"
(Detroit/Seattle  Workers' Voice email list, April 16, 2017)

No more pipelines!
Leaflet by the Seattle Communist Study Group for the demonstrations
against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, February 2,, 2017)

Against poisoning Detroit
Protest on Dec. 12th against a massive increase in industrial dumping of hazardous waste in Detroit
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, December 8, 2016)

Fracking: 150 years of poisoning the land
(by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, August 16, 2016)

The secret reality of methane emissions: natural gas - a transition to disaster
(by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, July 28, 2016)

Stop sacrificing our health for industry!
Demonstrate Thursday, June 9 outside the office of MDEQ
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, June 7, 2016)

Demonstrate against the poisoning of Detroit on Thursday, May 26
(Detroit Workers' Voice email list, May 24, 2016)

In support of the "Break Free from Fossil Fuels" protests
Leaflet of the Seattle Communist Study Group, May 14, 2016.

Earth Day 2016 revisited: the IMF and the World Bank push for the neo-liberal carbon tax
(DWV  email list, April 29, 2016))

On the occasion of Earth Day, 2016
including brief remarks on works by Gar Lipow, Hather Rogers, Chai Jing,
Naomi Klein, Al Gore, and Patrick Bond (DWV email list, April 22, 2016)

Demonstrate April 16, 2016 against the poisoning of Detroit
Stop the ten-fold expansion of toxic and radioactive waste being brought into Detroit!
And, report on the demonstration of April 16 in Detroit.

As the UN climate change conference in Paris ends,
demonstrations in Paris and Seattle demand real action
(DWV email list, December 11, 2015)

Oil and the Venezuelan parliamentary elections of December 2015
(DWV email list, December 10, 2015)

Indonesia is burning
the ongoing eco-catastrophe in Indonesia and the market measures
that paved the way for them.(DWV email list, November 2, 2015)

Obama's pretty speeches against climate change are not enough!
Seattle Communist Study Group denounces Obama's environmental record
on the occasion of Obama's visit to Seattle on October 9, 2015 and calls for people
to attend the People's Climate March in Seattle of October 14.

We will not let our community be polluted!
Demonstrate on October 3rd against the deumping of hazardous and radioactive wwaste in Detroit!
(Detroit Workers' Voice #118, September 30, 2015)
Also, report on the demonstration of October 3rd, by Pete Brown, DWV email list, October 7, 2015)

Pope Francis denounces both climate change denialism and carbon credits
(by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, September 21, 2015)

James Hansen says glaciers are melting much faster than expected
(by Pete Brown, DWV email list, August 27, 2015)

The Navajo Nation and the toxic spill in the Animas River: More on the Colorado spill
(by Pete Brown, DWV email list, August 19, 2015)

Toxic spill in the Animas River in Colorado
(by Pete Brown, DWV email list, August 11, 2015)

Stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic!
Leaflet of Seattle Communist Study Group, May 15, 2015

About Earth Day, 2015
Including brief reviews of seven books and one video
(by Joseph Green, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, April 23, 2015)

Report on the "Teach-In + 50" at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
(by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, April 2, 2015)

Climate change is here! Two faces of the IPCC Synthesis Report
(by Joseph Green, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, November 8, 2014)

About Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
(by Joseph Green, Detroit Workers' Voice email list, October 11, 2014)

Stop the coal trains!
Leaflet of the Seattle Communist Study Group, October 14, 2013

For a working class trend within the environmental movement, with a program opposed
to the market measures of establishment environmentalism:
presentation by Joseph Green at the "Capital, History and Environmental Politics" panel
at the Platypus Convention
(CV issue #48, Vol. 10 #1, June 15, 2013)

About the speeches at the "Forward on Climate" rally in Washington, D.C.:
presentation by Pete Brown at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group meeting of March 17, 2013

For a working-class environmental movement
four articles from the Communist Voice about the environmental crisis)

Hurricane Sandy and global warming
Presentation by Tim Hall at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion
Group meeting of December 9, 2012

Say NO to fracking!
(by Pete Brown, CV issue #47, Vol. 18 #1, September 12, 2012)

Fukushima shows why we must build the fight against all nukes!
(Issue #46, vol 17, #1, Nov. 15, 2011)

"24 hours of reality" about global warming,
continuing fantasy about market-based measures:
Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #46, vol 17, #1, Nov. 15, 2011)

The sorry results of the Cancun global warming summit of 2010, the failure of climate capitalism, and the prospects of major change
-- based on a presentation at the January 2, 2011 meeting of the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group,
with an introduction of November 2011 about the upcoming Durban global warming summit of 2011
(Issue #46, vol 17, #1, Nov. 15, 2011)

The Fukushima disaster means no to nuclear power,
(Detroit Workers' Voice #102, October 1, 2011)

The BP oil blowout: the dividends of decades of deregulation and neo-liberalism
by Eric Gordon, August 5, 2010
(Issue #45, vol 16, #2, Nov. 17, 2010)

Class trends in the environmental movement:
Not all that glitters is green
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #45, vol 16, #2, Nov. 17, 2010)

Know who you are dealing with ... the continuum of environmental groups
(Chart reprinted from the Corporate Accountability Project, and discussed in the article "Class trends in the environmental movement: Not all that glitters is green)
(Issue #45, vol 16, #2, Nov. 17, 2010)

Obama's Katrina: the BP oil spill in the Gulf
Down with the market measures and establishment environmentalism that paved the way for this major catastrophe!
(Based on a presentation at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group meeting of June 6, 2010)

Lessons from the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit of 2009
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #44, vol 16, #1, Jan. 15, 2010)

'Cap and trade' won't workthe politicians vs. the environment (expanded and referenced version of a talk at the Detroit Workers' Voice Discussion Group meeting of Sept. 21, 2008, given under the title "McCain and Obama vs. the environment", 45K
(Issue #43, vol. 15, #1, June 1, 2009)

About The Green-Collar Economy of Van Jones: green jobs are not enough!
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #43, vol. 15, #1, June 1, 2009)

The carbon tax -- another failed free-market measure to avoid environmental planning
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #42, vol. 14, #2, Aug. 20, 2008)

Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize and the fiascos of corporate environmentalism
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #41, vol. 14 , #1, Feb. 20, 2008)

Subheads:
The growing consensus on global warming
Fiascos of corporate environmentalism
Carbon trading and the failure to meet the goals of the Kyoto Treaty
--  The looming biofuel disaster
-- American corn ethanol and higher food prices
-- Sugar cane ethanol and the destruction of the Amazon rainforest
-- The palm oil fiasco
Al Gore, advocate for corporate environmentalism
Two types of global warming deniers (one type that Gore fights and one type that Gore represents)
Fighting global warming requires comprehensive economic planning
Mass participation
Environmentalism and the class struggle

Marxism and global warming
Marx and Engels on protecting the environment--a review of John Bellamy Foster's Marx's Ecology
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #40, vol. 13, #2, August, 2007)

The coming of the environmental crisis, the failure of the free market, and the fear of a carbon dictatorship (the Kyoto Protocol, carbon tax and trading, direct regulation, democratic vs. capitalist planning)
(by Joseph Green, CV issue #39, vol. 13, #1, January 24, 2007)

Subheads:
The environmental crisis is upon us
-- New Orleans, a sign of things to come
Failure of the free market:
-- The Montreal Protocol and the protection of the ozone layer
-- The Kyoto Protocol and the fiasco of carbon trading
-- The failed balance-sheet of the Kyoto Protocol
-- The carbon tax -- another attempt at a market solution
-- The record of energy deregulation
-- A comparison of Soviet planning to carbon trading and carbon taxes
Democratic planning and the direct regulation of production:
-- Major changes throughout the economy
-- Material balances, not "true cost pricing"
-- Large-scale production
-- Mass participation
-- Planning for mass welfare
-- The issue of ownership
-- No lasting progress if there is fear of moving towards socialism
War-style environmentalism:
-- Tim Flannery's nightmare -- the "carbon dictatorship" 

The devastation of New Orleans
(Issue #37, vol. 12, #1, February 22, 2006)

The deadly smog in Southeast Asia
Capitalist pollution in Southeast Asia (on the recent deadly smog)
by Frank Arango, Seattle
(Issue #15, vol. 3, #4, October 15, 1997)


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