Richard Smith LIVE on "China's Engine of Environmental Collapse"

Richard Smith LIVE on "China's Engine of Environmental Collapse" r1 ... r33 Live Sunday, August 30 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern
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Join SCNCC for a conversation about China's role in our climate emergency

Promise Li interviews Richard Smith on his new book
China’s Engine of Environmental Collapse

China presents a climate crisis paradox. It leads the world in photovoltaic and wind power production and installed capacity of both, and President Xi Jinping says he wants to remake China as an “ecological civilization.” Yet it’s also the world's largest CO2 emitter by far and the government is slashing funding for renewables while ramping up spending on more coal-fired power plants.
How do we explain these contradictions?
Please join us for a discussion of Smith’s new book. Richard will summarize the main argument of the book, Promise Li will pose some questions, and then we will take questions and comments from the audience.
Richard Smith wrote his PhD thesis on market reform in China and is the author of Green Capitalism: The God That Failed (2016). His articles have appeared in New Left Review, The Ecologist, Journal of Ecological Economics, New Politics, Foreign Policy, Monthly Review and other media.
Promise Li is a socialist activist from Hong Kong and Los Angeles. He is a member of Lausan Collective, Solidarity (U.S.), the Democratic Socialists of America, and a former tenant organizer in Los Angeles Chinatown.'

Graphic: A vision of Shanghai with 4°C of global warming. Credit: Climate Central

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Pluto Press Releases Richard Smith's China's Engine of Environmental Collapse


"As the world hurtles towards environmental oblivion, China is leading the charge. The nation's CO2 emissions are more than twice those of the US with a GDP just two-thirds as large. China leads the world in renewable energy yet it is building new coal-fired power plants faster than renewables. The country's lakes, rivers, and farmlands are severely polluted yet China's police state can't suppress pollution, even from its own industries.

"This is the first book to explain these contradictions. Richard Smith explains how the country's bureaucratic rulers are driven by nationalist-industrialist tendencies that are even more powerful than the drive for profit under 'normal' capitalism. In their race to overtake the US they must prioritise hyper-growth over the environment, even if this ends in climate collapse and eco-suicide.

"Smith contends that nothing short of drastic shutdowns and the scaling back of polluting industries, especially in China and the US, will suffice to slash greenhouse gas emissions enough to prevent climate catastrophe."


'Tracing China's environmental collapse to the Communist strategy of growth at all cost, this book deepens our understanding of China's massive impact on human sustainability. A bold, independent and necessary voice!'
- Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

'A brilliant and strikingly original book, which has no equivalent in the existing literature on China.'
- Michael Löwy, author of Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to the Capitalist Catastrophe (Haymarket, 2010)

'Compassionate and powerful, Richard Smith envisions a new Chinese Dream through achieving a harmonious coexistence between human and nature. The book argues for a 21st Century ecosocialist democracy by calling for a 'better mode of life' in China and the world.'
- Jenny Chan

'A work of real insight. Richard Smith penetrates the defences of a fiercely autocratic regime to reveal how China's predatory development strategy is imperilling not just itself but our entire planet.'
- William Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, James Cook University, Australia and Singapore

You can order China's Engine of Environmental Collapse directly from Pluto Books by clicking here.

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