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From the article: Capitalist growth has never been green or just. The decoupling studies are poor evidence that it could become either. Why not, as British economist Ann Pettifor has argued, abandon the concept of growth entirely?
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There are many more things wrong with the economy than its reliance on fossil fuels. Capitalism’s addiction to dirty energy is just one reason it is deeply unsustainable.
Fixating on growth — in the positive or the negative — limits our ability to envision a just, democratic, and thoroughly sustainable economy. If there is a decoupling in order, it’s not growth from carbon, but capitalism from the planet’s future.