Energy beyond neoliberalism

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Spring 2014
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Platform, a group which campaigns on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry, here analyses how deeply embedded the industry is within the structures of neoliberalism, especially the City, where BP and Shell between them make up 20 per cent of the value of the FTSE 100. They detail all the ways in which the market is eminently unsuitable as a means of deciding energy policy, and argue that a new energy settlement will be an important part of the transition from neoliberalism. They also explore energy alternatives that break with the foundational assumptions of the neoliberal order, and, drawing on the story of how the Tredegar Medical Aid Society inspired the NHS, argue that energy democracy can be realised by scaling up from decentralised, community-controlled renewable energy projects, and using the state’s institutions to pool and redistribute resources.

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