The Resistance Dilemma

The Resistance Dilemma Place-Based Movements and the Climate Crisis - American and Comparative Environmental Policy

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Organised resistance to new fossil fuel infrastructure, particularly conflicts over pipelines, has become a formidable political force in North America. In this book, George Hoberg examines whether such place-based environmental movements are effective ways of promoting climate action, if they might feed resistance to the development of renewable energy infrastructures, and what other, more innovative processes of decision making would encourage the acceptance of clean energy systems. Focusing on a series of conflicts over new oil sands pipelines, Hoberg investigates activists' strategy of blocking fossil fuel infrastructure, often in alliance with Indigenous groups, and examines the political and environmental outcomes of these actions. After discussing the oil sands policy regime and the relevant political institutions in Canada and the United States, Hoberg analyses in detail four anti-pipeline campaigns, examining the controversies over the Keystone XL, the most well-known of these movements and the first one to use infrastructure resistance as a core strategy; the Northern Gateway pipeline; the Trans Mountain pipeline; and the Energy East pipeline. He then considers the "resistance dilemma": the potential of place-based activism to threaten the much-needed transition to renewable energy. He examines several episodes of resistance to clean energy infrastructure in eastern Canada and the United States. Finally, Hoberg describes some innovative processes of energy decision making, including Strategic Environment Assessment, and Cumulative Impact Assessment, looking at cases in British Columbia and Lower Athabasca.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262543088
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.7387460973
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 536g
Height: 153mm
Width: 232mm
Spine width: 24mm