Extraction: The Frontiers of Green CapitalismTuesday, January 18, 2022, 11:00am CT
Riofrancos’s forthcoming book, Extraction, explores the rapidly emerging global lithium industry required to source batteries essential to green economies, electric vehicles, and wind and solar energy storage, but does so through environmentally destructive mining, unveiling a world-historic energy transition fraught with geopolitical tension, corporate power, environmental damage, and militant protest—and offering new paradigms that can rejoin the movements for clean energy and social justice.
Thea Riofrancos is an associate professor of political science at Providence College and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020–22). Her work considers questions of resource extraction, renewable energy, climate change, green technology, social movements and the left in Latin America. These themes are explored in her book, Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020), as well as in peer-reviewed articles in Perspectives on Politics, Cultural Studies, and World Politics, essays that have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, n+1, Dissent, Jacobin, In These Times, Logic, and NACLA, and in her coauthored book, A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso Books, 2019).