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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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The Problem

The Problem

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(p.3) 1 The Problem
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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era
Author(s):

Thomas Princen

Jack P. Manno

Pamela L. Martin

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.003.0001

Ending the Fossil Fuel Era means beginning a delegitimization, or reconceptualization and revalorization of fossil fuels or, to be precise, humans’ relations with fossil fuels. The authors argue for a shift from fossil fuels as a constructive substance. To do this, a pragmatic, realist politics of the 21st Century toward starting to stop is needed. In this chapter, the authors outline the biophysical, cultural, ethical, and material reasons why only mitigating the impacts of carbon, rather than going to its source in the ground is denying the real issues and opportunities for this and the next centuries. They challenge readers to use a politics of imaginative realism to undertake an urgent transition.

Keywords:   Fossil Fuels, Politics of Urgent Transition, Overdevelopment, Deligitimization, Industrial Progressivism, Climate Change, Carbon, Material flow, Boom and Bust Mining, Exit Strategies

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