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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era$
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Thomas Princen, Jack P. Manno, and Pamela L. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028806

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.001.0001

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On the Way Down

On the Way Down

Fossil Fuel Politics in the Twenty-First Century

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(p.333) 13 On the Way Down
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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era
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Thomas Princen

Jack P. Manno

Pamela L. Martin

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.003.0013

The three author-editors, Princen, Manno and Martin summarize the major contributions of the book. First, they have taken inspiration from those on the ground who are trying to keep dangerous substances in the ground. In one way or another, everyone in this project has a deep connection to the peoples and places that bear the brunt of fossil fuel and mineral extraction. Second, as scholars they have taken on a dual task, one of theorizing and the other of serving, serving those most burdened by extraction and serving all of us on this planet as we transition out of fossil fuels. Above all, they ask if the time has come to challenge the very legitimacy of fossil fuels in the current materialist, consumerist, growth-obsessed, debt-driven culture to entertain the proposition that some stuff is better left in the ground.

Keywords:   Fossil fuel politics, Theory, Future Scenarios, Tellus Institute, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Great Transition, EROI

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