The author would like to thank the editors and the anonymous referees for many of their excellent suggestions concerning both the style and the content of the paper. These suggestions have made the paper much stronger than it would otherwise have been.
Capitalism, Climate Change and the Transition to Sustainability: Alternative Scenarios for the US, China and the World
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Development and Change
Volume 40, Issue 6, pages 1039–1061, November 2009
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Li, M. (2009), Capitalism, Climate Change and the Transition to Sustainability: Alternative Scenarios for the US, China and the World. Development and Change, 40: 1039–1061. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2009.01611.x
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This contribution evaluates the geopolitical and technical issues involved in climate stabilization and discusses alternative technical paths towards the required emission reductions in the US, China and the world. There are no plausible scenarios in which climate stabilization is compatible with a pace of capital accumulation required for economic and political stability under a capitalist system. Meaningful and effective actions towards climate stabilization presuppose and require fundamental social change.