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Environmental Reforms in the United States: Policy and Political Implications, and Economic and Scientific Arguments

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As we approach the twenty-first century, the measured rise on average global temperature, coupled with the loss of biological diversity indicate that growth of human social and economic activity is reaching the limits imposed by the laws of nature. Scientific understanding calls for precaution and a reduction in growth. However, the political and economic processes of U.S. capitalism are predicated upon continued growth. An understanding of reform needs to be grounded in the contradictions between the laws of motion of the capitalist system and the laws of science, even though such reforms are not high on the current political agenda. The article ends with a series of structural reforms that enunciate and seek to heighten these contradictions.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, Wells College, Aurora, NY, 13026, U.S.A.


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