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A renewable energy transition: capitalist barriers, socialist enticements

Warlenius, Rikard LU (2015) In The Politics of Ecosocialism. Transforming Welfare p.83-100
Abstract
Why is current capitalism unwilling (or unable) to shift its energy base from fossil fuels to renewable energy? Explanations such as information deficit, socially organized denials, or game-theoretical dilemmas are insufficient. Neither are the obstacles primarily technical or financial. Rather, the problems are related to social relations and capitalism as such. Four potential barriers to a renewable energy transition within capitalism are identified: The Lauderdale Paradox, the attraction of spatio-temporal fixes, the fear of decentralization, and bad timing. These barriers can, however, be reverted into enticements under eco-socialist relations.
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environmental sociology, human ecology, political ecology, environmental science, renewable energy, marxism, socialism
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The Politics of Ecosocialism. Transforming Welfare
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Borgnäs, Kajsa; Eskelinen, Teppo; Perkiö, Johanna and Warlenius, Rikard
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83 - 100
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Routledge
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  • Scopus:84942163000
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978-1-138-81046-4
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English
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  author       = {Warlenius, Rikard},
  editor       = {Borgnäs, Kajsa and Eskelinen, Teppo and Perkiö, Johanna and Warlenius, Rikard},
  isbn         = {978-1-138-81046-4},
  keyword      = {environmental sociology,human ecology,political ecology,environmental science,renewable energy,marxism,socialism},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {83--100},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {The Politics of Ecosocialism. Transforming Welfare},
  title        = {A renewable energy transition: capitalist barriers, socialist enticements},
  year         = {2015},
}