[Renewable] new book on distributed/renewable energy

Rasa Smite rasa at rixc.lv
Thu Nov 11 12:47:55 EET 2010


just found out from info on p2p-list
that there is new book out: Sparking A Worldwide 
Energy Revolution]]. Ed. by Kolya Abramsky. AK 
Press, 2010
URL = 

may be someone is interested in this -



>From: Michel Bauwens <michelsub2004 at gmail.com>
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>Subject: [p2p-research] distributed energy bk, reviewer sought ..
>Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution
>Book: Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution]]. 
>Ed. by Kolya Abramsky. AK Press, 2010
>URL = 
>"a major contribution to the movement working 
>for a transition from carbon capitalism to an 
>ecologically sound energy system. Its sixty 
>chapters document the present energy crisis, 
>describe alternative technologies, and 
>introduces us to the people who worldwide are 
>fighting for a healthy planet and the recreation 
>of the earth's commons"
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"A vital anthology for anyone who wants to 
understand both the roots of the energy crisis, 
and the flourishing radical resistance that 
offers a sustainable future beyond 
capitalism."-Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and 

"Gas flaring in Nigeria, wind farms in 
Schleswig-Holstein, mountain top removal in 
Appalachia, tar sands in Alberta, geothermal 
energy in Iceland, the toxic cycle of uranium, 
the slaughter in the coal-mines of China, the 
transgenic soya monocultures, the 'caliph' of oil 
in Iraq, jatropha production in Tanzania, 
exploration in the Tehuantepec winds: every power 
under the sun is here except horse-power, and 
everywhere on earth-China, Europe, North America, 
the Mideast, Africa, India, and Latin America. 
Kolya Abramsky has composed, a symphonic 
compendium of five sections, fourteen parts, 
sixty chapters by forty-six individual authors 
and eighteen organizational authors in nearly 
seven hundred pages all arranged with 
intelligence and point. There are no 
technofixes.Ê Neither 'clean' energy nor 'green' 
capitalism will preserve our lands, rivers, 
oceans, health, and lives.Ê Neither governments 
nor corporations nor 'the market' can bring us 
out of the nether world they themselves have 
created. Mother Earth calls to the grass-roots 
for entirely new social relations, human and less 
hellish.Ê This sober and serious book heeds that 
call."-Peter Linebaugh, author of The Magna Carta 
Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All

"Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution" is a 
major contribution to the movement working for a 
transition from carbon capitalism to an 
ecologically sound energy system. Its sixty 
chapters document the present energy crisis, 
describe alternative technologies, and introduces 
us to the people who worldwide are fighting for a 
healthy planet and the recreation of the earth's 
commons.Ê Rich in detail and written by activists 
and scholars who have taken part in the 
struggles, Sparking is an indispensable volume 
for the just energy transition movement. It will 
be referred to for years to come."-Sylvia 
Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch

As the world's energy system faces a period of 
unprecedented change, a global struggle over who 
controls the sector?and for what purposes?is 
intensifying. The question of "green capitalism" 
is now unavoidable, for capitalist planners and 
anti-capitalist struggles alike. From all sides 
we hear that it's time to save the planet in 
order to save the economy, but in reality what 
lies before us is the next round of global class 
struggle with energy at the center, as the key 
means of production and subsistence.

There are no easy answers in this battle for 
control of the world's energy system. Sparking A 
Worldwide Energy Revolution is not a book of 
sound bites. It unpacks the seemingly innocent 
terms "energy sector" and "energy system" by 
situating the current energy crisis, peak oil, 
and the transition to a post-petrol future within 
a historical understanding of the global, social, 
economic, political, financial, military, and 
ecological relations of which energy and 
technology are parts. The authors probe the 
systemic relationships between energy production 
and consumption and the worldwide division of 
labor on which capitalism itself is based?its 
conflicts and hierarchies, its crisis and class 

With over fifty chapters written by contributors 
from approximately twenty countries, Sparking A 
Worldwide Energy Revolution forms a collective 
map of the most dynamic struggles within the 
energy sector.

Kolya Abramsky is a former visiting fellow at the 
Institute of Advanced Studies in Science, 
Technology and Society, in Graz, Austria, where 
he received the Manfred-Heindler Award for Energy 
and Climate Change Research, and in 2006 was 
coordinator of the Danish-based World Wind Energy 
Institute, an international effort in 
non-commercial renewable energy education, 
involving different renewable energy centers from 
around the world.

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