Around the world, countries and companies are setting net-zero carbon emissions targets. But what will it mean if those targets are achieved? One possibility is that fossil fuel companies will continue to produce billions of tons of atmospheric CO2 while relying on a symbiotic industry to scrub the air clean. Focusing on emissions draws our attention away from the real problem: the point of production.
The fossil fuel industry must come to an end but will not depart willingly; governments must intervene. By embracing a politics of rural-urban coalitions and platform governance, climate advocates can build the political power needed to nationalize the fossil fuel industry and use its resources to draw carbon out of the atmosphere.
“Since burning coal and gas and oil is the main cause of our planet's overheating, it's long been clear that ending that combustion is our necessary task. But necessary is not the same as easy, and in this savvy volume Holly Jean Buck analyzes the evasions that prolong that process, and outlines the steps that could speed it. A necessary book!”
“This book belongs in every classroom, community center, and protest site where fossil fuels are mined, processed, transported, or burned—which is to say everywhere.”
“Rare is a book like this that can offer such a clear and accessible overview of the multifaceted engineering, political, economic, and cultural challenges we face. A crucial text.”
“Buck’s brilliant weaving of the political, technological, and economic complexities cuts through the hedging and posturing and shows how to actually avoid climate disaster.”
“Considered, beautifully written, and mindful of the many actors at play in shaping our planet. Most importantly, it foregrounds the importance of ensuring frontline communities’ prosperity in our future economy.”
“Time and again, Holly Jean Buck has proven herself to be among the most reliable authors of incisive, sober analysis and empathetic prose that expands the political imagination and helps readers see possible climate futures beyond activist rhetoric. Her latest book is a welcome guide to the most important global policy question of this decade.”
“Ending Fossil Fules is a thought-provoking analysis of barriers to decarbonisation, a fascinating read for anyone concerned about the looming climate catastrophe.”
“Read it and join the ongoing global project to make the phasing out of fossil fuels the new common sense.”