Cheap energy in the Capitalocene: Accumulation, waste, and the struggles for reparation ecologies.
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Using the term Capitalocene means taking capitalism seriously, not just as an economic system, but as a way of organizing the relations between humans and the rest of nature. The Capitalocene argues that the modern world is a result of a set of strategies that seek to "cheapen" and mobilize all kinds of work with as little compensation as possible, enabling the expansion of capitalism's frontiers, and extending its control over a wider set of relations of life. Considering energy as a "cheap thing", reveals how energy “does work” for capitalism: by amplifying (or substituting) work and care to advance productivity in a system with what appears to be a limitless demand for growth. The ongoing climate crisis reveals that we are living with the consequences of a civilization built on cheap energy.