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Issue Four: Eco-Power

Horai power station survey 1975 from Fukushima

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Occupy America’s fourth issue is “Eco-Power.” In this issue we consider the environment and the field of struggle as it is currently determined. In “Emissions Trading: The Green Trojan Horse,” Prashanth Kamalakanthan and myself consider the evolving carbon trading market. Often touted as a market-based solution to global warming, we find that this new market actually exacerbates the climate crisis by rewarding polluters and producing market conditions similar to those responsible for the housing market collapse and global recession of 2009.

Julian Rodríguez-Drix presents our extended feature, “Frackonomics: Economic Strategy for Fractivists.” In this strategy-based piece, Julian provides an in-depth analysis of the oil and gas market in order to provide activists with a roadmap for economics-based strategies. In addition to clearly explaining the industry and its economic incentives, Julian’s work should prove useful for coalition-building between environmental and other activists, particularly students, land owners, and animal rights activists.

This issue marks a transition for Occupy America from a bi-monthly release schedule to a monthly release. It is our hope that this adjustment allows us to continue providing high-quality, in-depth coverage while reaching new writers.

As always, thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy.


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Lead image shows the Horai power station, Fukushima in 1975. Courtesy of National Land Image Information (Color Aerial Photographs), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan.