Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Can Green Capitalism Build a Sustainable Society?*

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
For more content, please see Journal of Developing Societies.

AbstractMarxists and radical environmentalists have argued that the never-ending drive for expanded accumulation and production is the fundamental reason that capitalism can never solve the environmental crisis, and in effect can only make the crisis more severe. Promoters of green capitalism also focus on the growth cycle of capitalism, but argue that new environmental technologies can out-compete and be more profitable than the destructive means of production now in use. Both arguments overlook the effects of economic crisis as another element in our confrontation with environmental calamities, and yet, crisis plays an important role in the improbability of capitalism building a sustainable society.

Affiliations: 1: DeVry University Chicago, IL


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Bain Report"“A world awash in money”" Insights 2012 November 14
2. Bloomberg News"“Sinovel to Put 351 Workers on Leave Amid Slump in Turbine Sales”" 2012 November 15
3. Bookchin M. Remaking Society 1990 Boston South End Press 94
4. BP Press Office"“BP Statistical Review of World Energy”" 2012 (
5. Broder J."“Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions”" New York Times 2012 December 8 (
6. Cardwell D."“As a Tax Credit Wanes, Jobs Vanish in Wind Power Industry”" New York Times 2012a September 20 (
7. Cardwell D."“Solar Tariffs Upheld, but May Not Help in US”" New York Times 2012b November 7 (
8. Cardwell D., Bradsher K."“Chinese Firm Buys US Solar Start-Up”" New York Times 2013 January 9 (
9. Clark P."“China retakes renewables investment lead”" Financial Times 2013a January 14 (
10. Clark P."“Energy no cleaner despite renewables boom”" Financial Times 2013b April 17 (
11. Cookson C."“The big melt: new data on ice caps”" New York Times 2012 December 14 (
12. Danielsen F., Beukema H., Burgess N. D., Parish F., Bruhl C. A., Murdiyarso D., Reijnders P., Phalan B., Reijnders L., Struebig M., Fitzherbert E. B."“Biofuels Plantation on Forested Land: Double Jeopardy for Biodiversity and Climate”" 2012 (
13. Foster J. B., Clark B."“The Planetary Emergency”" Monthly Review 2012 DecemberVol Vol. 64 No. 7.
14. Friedman J., Cohen A."“Shale will change the US, not the climate”" Financial Times 2013 January 1 (
15. Friedman T."“No to Keystone. Yes to Crazy”" New York Times 2013 March 9 (
16. Harris J."“Going green to stay in the black: transnational capitalism and renewable energy”" Race & Class 2010 DecemberVol Vol. 52 No. 2 [Crossref]
17. Hawken P. The Ecology of Commerce 1993 New York Harper
18. Hawken P., Lovins A., Lovins L. H. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution 1999 Little, Brown and Company
19. Hooks L."“China’s solar industry ‘on life support’”" Financial Times 2012 October 18 (
20. Kanter J."“European Solar Importers Defend Chinese in Anti-Dumping Case”" International Herald Tribune 2013 February 20 (
21. Lovins A., Lovins L. H. Factor Four. Doubling Wealth—Halving Resource Use 1997 London Earthscan Publications Ltd
22. Magdoff F."“Global Resource Depletion: Is Population the Problem?”" Monthly Review 2013 JanuaryVol Vol. 64 No. 8.
23. Makan A."“IEA forecasts US to account for a third of new oil supplies”" Financial Times 2013 May 14 (
24. McKibben B."“Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”" Rolling Stone Magazine 2012 August 2 (
25. Packard V. The Waste Makers 1960 Brooklyn Ig Publishing
26. Richardson B."“Shale falls short for US energy security”" Financial Times 2013 February 20 (
27. Rogers H. Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution 2010a New York Scribner
28. Rogers H."“The greening of capitalism?”" ISR 2010b March-April No. 70
29. Romano B."“G.E. says wind turbine prices drag on profits, sees better 2012”" 2012 November 25
30. Rosenthal E."“US Is Falling Behind in the Business of ‘Green’”" New York Times 2011 June 8 (
31. Rosenthal E., Lehren A. W."“Carbon Credits Gone Awry Raise Output of Harmful Gas”" New York Times 2012 August 9 (
32. Schafer D."“Germany powers ahead”" Financial Times 2011a December 6 (
33. Schafer D."“Private equity: Winds of change”" Financial Times 2011b December 6 (
34. Sunpower Corporation 2012 December (
35. Tabuchi H."“Japan Says It Is First to Tap methane Hydrate Deposit”" New York Times 2013 March 13 (
36. Wald M. L."“Developers of Wind Farms Run a Race Against the Calendar”" New York Times 2012 December 27 (
37. Wang U."“Growth Pace Slows for The Global Solar Market”" Forbes 2013 (
38. Wang U."“Report: 180 Solar Panel Makers Will Disappear By 2015”" 2012 (

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Perspectives on Global Development and Technology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation