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In Conversation: Our Economy After Fossil Fuels

December 15, 2016


All economic activity entails energy usage. As our energy sources change, our economy will likely evolve and adapt—perhaps in surprising ways. The transition to 100% renewable energy raises profound questions for the future of our economy, including:

  • Can capitalism as we know it survive in the era of climate change and energy transition?
  • What do you think it would take to ensure a just and relatively smooth economic transition?
  • What economies appear to be adapting best to our climate and energy challenges?
  • What practical/concrete things can listeners do — particularly in the current economic and political climate — to support the transition to a sustainable economy?

On December 13, 2016, Asher Miller from Post Carbon Institute was joined by Rob Dietz, former Executive Director of Center for Advancement of a Steady State Economy and author of Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, Joshua Farley, Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and co-author (with Herman Daly) of the foundation textbook Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications and Richard Heinberg of Post Carbon Institute for a thoughtful exploration about about the economy during and after the transition away from fossil fuels.

Click here to view the Live Chat transcript.

This conversation was the final of a series of six discussions Post Carbon Institute hosted with experts in various sectors to explore the post fossil fuel future. You can watch recordings of the entire series by visiting OurRenewableFuture.org.



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