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Scenario From fossil fuels to solar power: transforming the global economy I The power of the pyromaniacs 5 Fossil resource dependency: how economic processes have come adrift from their environmental and social bases 10 Global competition in place of global environmental policy 12 The origins of the fossil-fuel economy I4 Accelerating change and global displacement 15 Business unbound: cutting loose from nature and society 19 Reconnecting business and society through solar resources 21 From the political to the economic solar manifesto 25 PART I : CAPTIVITY OR LIBERATION: FOSSIL FUEL AND SOLAR SUPPLY CHAINS COMPARED Chapter I Ensnared by fossil supply chains 37 Long supply chains due to limited resources: the logic of globalization 37 Fossil resource supply chains and industrial concentration: market destruction through market mechanisms 44 The spider in the web: the growing influence of Big Energy and Big Mining 49 The convergence of power: networking, supercartels and the disempowerment of democratic institutions 56 Chapter 2 Exploiting solar resources: the new political and economic freedom 62 The solar supply chain 66 The economic logic of the solar energy supply chain 76 Solar power: technology without technocracy 82 PART II : THE PATHOLOGICAL POLITICS OF FOSSIL RESOURCES Chapter 3 The 2Ist century writing on the wall: the political cost of fuel and resource conflict 93 A world in denial: the disregard for limited reserves 94 Dwindling reserves versus worldwide growth in demand I03 Arming for the resource conflict 105 Resource reserves, gunboat diplomacy and the moral bankruptcy of society 115 Chapter 4 The distorting effects of fossil supply chains 120 The rise and fall of the fossil city 121 The fossil resource trap closes on the developing world 128 Chapter 5 The mythology of fossil energy 137 Figures of fancy: the inadequacy of conventional energy statistics 139 The inadequacy of energy forecasts 143 The profligate subsidies for conventional energy systems 149 The feigned productivity of nuclear and fossil energy 153 Ideology and the physics of energy 159 The fear of the small scale 166 PART III : THROWING OFF THE FOSSIL SUPPLY CHAINS Chapter 6 Energy beyond the grid 173 Wireless power: the potential of solar stand-alone and stand-by technologies 174 The potential for natural and technological solar energy storage 182 Synergistic applications, cross-substitution and all-load micro-power plants 195 The solar technology revolution and the solar information society 201 Chapter 7 The untapped wealtl of solar resources 206 The higher productivity of biological materials 209 Replacing fossil with solar resources 218 Solar materials: from agricultural monocultures to polycultures 220 The real biotechnology: materials science, not genetic engineering 225 Chapter 8 The profitability of renewable energy and resources 231 Whose costs? Why solar and fossil resources cannot be compared on the basis of economic efficiency calculations 233 Cost avoidance: economical application of solar resources in a nutshell 237 PART IV : TOWARDS A SOLAR ECONOMY Chapter 9 Exploiting solar energy 251 The role of capital allowances - and their problems 253 Tax-exempt status for solar resources: overcoming the legitimacy crisis of environmental taxation 256 Possibilities and problems in the market for green electricity 259 Green suppliers and municipal self-sufficiency 269 Creative destruction in the energy industry and the transformation of the resource industry 276 Hard roads to soft resources 280 Chapter 10 Regionalization of the global economy through solar resources 285 Regionalization effects through solar resources 288 'Own implementation' versus 'joint implementation': opportunities for the developing world 292 Regionalizing trade flows 296 The sustainable economy: global technology markets, regional commodity markets 301 Trade not talk: beyond the energy industry 308 Chapter 11 The visible hand of the sun: blueprint for a solar world 312 Forwards: towards the primary economy 3 16 Work and the solar economy 320 From the bounty of the sun to global economic prosperity 323