A Future Beyond Growth / Chapter 8: "What is the Steady State Economy?"
Edited by Haydn Washington and Paul Twomey
A Future Beyond Growth explores the reason why the "endless growth economy" is fundamentally unsustainable. The book brings together some of the worlds deepest thinkers on the subject to consider how to advance towards a steady state economy. There are chapters on population; throughput and consumerism; ethics and equity; and policy for change.
Energy East: Taking Manitoba in the Wrong Direction
by Lynne Fernandez, Mark Hudson, and James Magnus-Johnston
This report, published by the CCPA in 2016, analyzes how running the Energy East pipeline through the Province of Manitoba would cost more than it would earn. Prior to the project's eventual cancellation, we analyzed that the pipeline would require the price of oil to double (and stay there for a decade or more) in order to be economically viable. Energy East would add less than 1% to MB's GDP, yet the social cost due to climate change is estimated to be more than 9 times its benefits. Most importantly, Energy East would make Canada's commitment to COP-21 impossible.
While Energy East does not provide a compelling economic case, there is potential for Manitoba to create sustainable prosperity through an improved Hydro strategy that emphasizes demand-side management.
I write online commentary on a range of topics related to low/post growth economics and political thought for The Post Carbon Institute (resilience.org) and CASSE (steadystate.org). Here are some of my favourites:
Outbreaks in the Anthropocene: Growth Isn't the Cure
Ecological Existential Dread
Guess What Trudeau Said About Growth?
What Kind of Future Does Your Degree Prepare You For?
What About Innovating Beyond the Growth Trap?
Peace, Love, and the Gift
Hedonism, Survivalism, and the Burden of Knowledge
Are We Hard-Wired to Think We Can Grow Forever?
Piketty Acknowledges a Limit to Inequality–What About Limits to Growth?
Do We Need a Steady State Economy? One Politician’s Surprising Answer