Latest News: Posts Tagged ‘people’s power’

“New York is failing to democratize its energy system” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for the Daily News

Friday, June 11th, 2021

“New York has a dirty secret. Although our city has boasted about its environmental credentials since the days of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC in 2007, our power mix is far from green: indeed, only 6% of our energy comes from clean sources like solar and wind. And the city is actually slated to burn more fossil fuels in coming years because the last reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies 80% of its non-fossil energy, was shut down at the end of April. With Indian Point closed, the resulting deficit in power is slated to come from so-called peaker plants, which fire up their fossil-fuel-burning generators during times of peak electricity demand. Most of these peaker plants are located in communities of color, which already shoulder a disproportionate burden of deadly pollution. The city and state desperately need a clean, job-creating alternative.”

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“Prioritizing the needs of people over generating profit” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on NYC-DSA’s Public Power Hour

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

“Ashley Dawson on reclaiming the energy commons” — PEOPLE’S POWER author interviewed for Northwestern University’s Environmental Humanities podcast

Friday, March 19th, 2021

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“Electric vehicles won’t fix the climate crisis” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed for the Progressive

Friday, March 12th, 2021

“Ashley Dawson, a professor at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and a climate activist and writer who founded the CUNY Climate Action Lab, is critical of arguments in favor of market-led climate change strategy. What’s needed, Dawson says, is much stronger, deeper action.”

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“Texas allowed its private utilities to operate without regulation, channeling profits to investors and CEOs instead of systems that could have saved Texans from the freezing cold of this week.” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for the Thought Project

Friday, February 19th, 2021
“Lessons from Climate/Energy Emergency in Texas”

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“Why Electric Vehicles Will Not Save the Planet” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for the Thought Project

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

“Electric vehicles are the primary element in contemporary green capitalist fantasy.”

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“Reclaiming the energy commons” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on UpFront

Friday, February 5th, 2021

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“[An] easily accessible, passionately argued intervention.” — PEOPLE’S POWER reviewed by New Politics

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Structures of Fossil Feeling

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“How to Read a Way Out of the Crisis” — PANDEMIC!, THE MONSTER ENTERS, EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE!, and PEOPLE’S POWER featured on Philosophy Football

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

The Coronavirus Crisis navigated by Mark Perryman’s reading guide to cause, effect and afters.

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“What stands in the way of the urgently needed transition to clean energy?” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on Against the Grain

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

What is energy democracy, and what role can it play in the struggle against fossil capitalism? According to Ashley Dawson, a decisive shift toward renewable energy is impossible without a collective struggle to take control of the grid.

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NEW BOOK CLUB: PEOPLE’S POWER discussed by Democratic Socialists of America: San Francisco Ecosocialist Book Club on 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Dec 1, 8, and 15th at 7pm PST

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“It is time to not only resurrect the energy commons but to decolonize it” — PEOPLE’S POWER reviewed by Progressive City

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

What Can Planners Do to Promote People’s Power?

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“Public Power in a Green City” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for Jacobin

Friday, October 30th, 2020
The fight for renewable energy cannot hinge simply on a shift from fossil fuels to solar and wind power. In cities like New York, the fight for democratized clean energy has begun.

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“Trump may try to steal the election. We need to start preparing for that now” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for the Guardian

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

According to the civil rights activist George Lakey, planning to defeat a coup can actually help reduce the chances of attempts to overthrow democracy

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“An incisive appraisal of our current carbon age dilemma” — PEOPLE’S POWER reviewed by EuropeNow

Friday, October 16th, 2020

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“Emphasizes that human ecological misbehavior has brought us to the point of ecocide” — PEOPLE’S POWER reviewed by CounterPunch

Friday, October 9th, 2020

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“Can public control over energy commons offer a solution to the climate crisis gripping our cities?” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on ABC Radio National

Friday, September 25th, 2020

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“Privatizing the Common Good: The 21st-Century Enclosures Are Here” — PEOPLE’S POWER excerpt published on Lit Hub

Friday, September 18th, 2020
Ashley Dawson on the Endless Commoditizing of American Energy

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“Compelling… Dawson has given us a clear-eyed, unsentimental argument for the assertion of public control over energy.” — PEOPLE’S POWER reviewed on Medium

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

A new book by Ashley Dawson argues that only public control can stop the drift and steer the world towards sustainability

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“It’s Time to Put Energy in the Hands of Communities—Not Corporations” — PEOPLE’S POWER featured in SUM

Monday, September 14th, 2020
“The great task of our times is to stop all new fossil fuel infrastructures. All of our other efforts to fight climate change will be useless if the world does not transition away from fossil fuels in the next decade or so.”

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“A devastating critique of fossil fuel capitalism.” — PEOPLE’S POWER reviewed by Climate & Capitalism

Monday, September 14th, 2020
A call to arms for a transformative approach to energy that places collective ownership, democracy and the rights and needs of everyone at the heart of the struggle for a sustainable planet… A really excellent read.

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“Truly sustainable energy production will only be possible if power is taken out of the hands of gargantuan profit-seeking corporations like ConEd and their flunkeys in the halls of state” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for the Indypendent

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Eight-hundred and sixty thousand people lost power when Tropical Storm Isaias hit New York City in early August. It did not have to be this way. Isaias was not a particularly potent storm. The blackout was a product of the decrepit state of the city’s electric grid and the failure of investor-owned electric utility Consolidated Edison, New York’s monopoly power supplier, to put public interest over private profit.

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“New York City Will Never Be the Same Again—And It Shouldn’t Be” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes with Aurash Khawarzad for the Verso Blog

Friday, August 21st, 2020
The compound crises of long-term environmental pollution, decades of economic disinvestment, and a pandemic proving especially deadly for working-class people forced to congregate indoors at home or on the job, make for a deadly intersection in a handful of New York City neighborhoods. The hot city is quite literally a killer.

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NEW VIDEO: PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson in conversation with Stephanie LeMenager

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

“Towards a global energy commons” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on This Is Hell!

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

This is Hell! · 1210: Towards a global energy commons / Ashley Dawson

NEW VIDEO: PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson in conversation with Patrick Bond & Trevor Ngwane

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

NEW VIDEO: PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson in conversation with Johanna Bozuwa

Monday, July 13th, 2020

NEW VIDEO: PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson in conversation with Craig Morris

Monday, July 6th, 2020

“Extraction in the Time of a Pandemic” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson in conversation with Alok Amatya

Monday, June 29th, 2020

“To win public support for the cause of energy transition, People’s Power campaigns need to develop radical new forms of energy democracy, ones that involve equitable popular access and governance directed to the needs of those who have borne the toxic brunt of fossil capitalism.” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for the Verso Blog

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

We need a national People’s Power campaign

With commuters staying at home, businesses shut down, and airplanes grounded, the coronavirus lockdown is catalyzing the biggest decline of energy demand in history. As the dire impact of the oil glut produced by the pandemic on the fossil fuel industry has become increasingly clear, elites have begun to worry that the gathering crisis of fossil capitalism is likely to seriously destabilize the global financial system. They are responding with demands for public bailouts that benefit Big Oil. Yet while periods of crisis have often led to paroxysms of disaster capitalism in the past, opportunities are opening in this present moment of disastrous capitalism for movements fighting to dismantle the fossil fuel industry and thereby prevent planetary ecocide. With the value of fossil fuel companies gutted, now is the perfect time for what I am calling a movement for People’s Power to take ownership of the collapsing industry in order to shut it down in a way that’s fair to workers and communities, and in parallel to build out the kind of democratically controlled renewable energy system we need to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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