Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming

Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming


How capitalism first promoted fossil fuels with the increase of steam power

The extra we all know concerning the catastrophic implications of weather swap, the extra fossil fuels we burn. How did we turn out during this mess? In this masterful new background, Andreas Malm claims all of it begun in Britain with the increase of steam strength. yet why did brands flip from conventional resources of energy, particularly water turbines, to an engine fired through coal? opposite to verified perspectives, steam provided neither more affordable nor extra ample energy—but fairly more advantageous keep watch over of subordinate labour. lively by way of fossil fuels, capital might focus construction on the such a lot ecocnomic websites and through the best hours, because it keeps to do this day. Sweeping from nineteenth-century Manchester to the emissions explosion in China, from the unique triumph of coal to the stalled shift to renewables, this learn hones in at the burning center of capital and demonstrates, in exceptional intensity, that turning down the warmth will suggest an intensive overthrow of the present financial order.

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