The book _Natural Capitalism: Creating the next Industrial Revolution_ has
its own web site http://www.naturalcapitalism.org/
complete with online forum, reviews, downloadable chapters and so forth.
From chapter 1:
"Imagine for a moment a world where cities have become peaceful and serene
because cars and buses are whisper quiet, vehicles exhaust only water vapor,
and parks and greenways have replaced unneeded urban freeways. OPEC has
ceased to function because the price of oil has fallen to five dollars a
barrel, but there are few buyers for it because cheaper and better ways now
exist to get the services people once turned to oil to provide. Living
standards for all people have dramatically improved, particularly for the
poor and those in developing countries. Involuntary unemployment no longer
exists, and income taxes have largely been eliminated. Houses, even
low-income housing units, can pay part of their mortgage costs by the energy
they produce; there are few if any active landfills; worldwide forest cover
is increasing; dams are being dismantled; atmospheric C02 levels are
decreasing for the first time in two hundred years; and effluent water
leaving factories is cleaner than the water coming into them. Industrialized
countries have reduced resource use by 80 percent while improving the
quality of life. Among these technological changes, there are important
social changes. The frayed social nets of Western countries have been
repaired. With the explosion of family-wage jobs, welfare demand has fallen.
A progressive and active union movement has taken the lead to work with
business, environmentalists, and government to create "just transitions" for
workers as society phases out coal, nuclear energy, and oil. In communities
and towns, churches, corporations, and labor groups promote a new
living-wage social contract as the least expensive way to ensure the growth
and preservation of valuable social capital. Is this the vision of a utopia?
In fact, the changes described here could come about in the decades to come
as the result of economic and technological trends already in place.
This book is about these and many other possibilities. "
An early incarnation of the book, in the form of a Mother Jones article is
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