Political Analysis – Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth
Author, eco-activist and senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) Richard Heinberg joins Sandy LeonVest to talk about, among other things, PCI’s new book, “Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth.”
They discuss the folly of an economy whose very existence requires endless growth and ongoing environmental devastation on a planet of finite resources. They consider the ways in which people can begin to change the corporate-dominated energy narrative, and transform the obsolete economic model known as capitalism by creating a truly resilient economy — one grounded in creativity and imagination, as opposed to endless destruction.
During the course of the hour, Richard Heinberg and Sandy LeonVest challenge the dominant narrative by discussing the ways in which people can create a 21st century energy economy that puts the environment before corporate profits and “mirrors natures elegance,” while being resilient enough to reign in energy consumption — and consumption in general. They wrap up the hour talking about “energy democracy” — and the need for a radical new energy model that eschews corporate-owned power in favor of power owned by the people.
Editorial Notes: The interview starts out by playing some excerpts from a Radio Ecoshock interview recorded earlier in the year, which is a little confusing, but then switches to the new interview. Read some of the articles from the book and find out much more about the Energy Reality campaign here: energy-reality.org.
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