New PDF release: Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of

By Andreas Malm

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

The extra we all know concerning the catastrophic implications of weather switch, the extra fossil fuels we burn. How did we prove during this mess?

In this masterful new historical past, Andreas Malm claims all of it all started in Britain with the increase of steam energy. yet why did brands flip from conventional resources of energy, significantly water turbines, to an engine fired via coal? opposite to validated perspectives, steam provided neither more cost-effective nor extra ample energy—but relatively better keep watch over of subordinate labour. lively by way of fossil fuels, capital may focus construction on the such a lot ecocnomic websites and through the handiest 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 research hones in at the burning center of capital and demonstrates, in extraordinary intensity, that turning down the warmth will suggest a thorough overthrow of the present fiscal order.

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