Salon duc Tape – Capitalism and Prospects for Deep Carbon Emissions Reductions – March 23rd

Can the carbon emissions reductions needed to preserve a livable climate be achieved under capitalism?

In order to avoid climate catastrophe, humanity must begin reducing its greenhouse gas emissions rapidly over the coming decades, and must achieve zero net carbon emissions by the middle of this century.  However, the capitalist system requires sustained and relatively rapid economic growth to remain viable, and the exploitation of fossil fuels is central to many politically powerful corporations and economic sectors.  Is the world’s dominant economic system on a collision course with our ability to preserve a livable climate?

Ramaa Vasudevan, Anders Fremstad, and Kevin Cross will address this and related questions at the salon on March 23rd.  Vasudevan and Fremstad are professors of economics at Colorado State University.  Cross is active with both the Fort Collins Sustainability Group and the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate.  We will consider the barriers posed by capitalism to addressing environmental problems generally, the potential role of a carbon tax and other “market tools” in addressing climate change, and the prospects for driving deep carbon emissions reductions at the level of local and state governments.

Salon duc Tape, a public forum sponsored by Strength Through Peace, meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7:00 -- 9:00 p.m. at the FoCo Café, which is located at 225 Maple Street.  This salon will be co-sponsored by the Fort Collins Sustainability Group.  Light refreshments will be available for a donation.  The formal program will begin at 7:10.  For more information, email Strength Through Peace, or call us at 419-8944.