Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition

  • 6h 42m 43s
  • Shalanda H. Baker
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2021

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, completely upending the energy grid of the small island. The nearly year-long power outage that followed vividly shows how the new climate reality intersects with race and access to energy. The island is home to brown and black US citizens who lack the political power of those living in the continental US. As the world continues to warm and storms like Maria become more commonplace, it is critical that we rethink our current energy system to enable reliable, locally produced, and locally controlled energy without replicating the current structures of power and control.

In Revolutionary Power, Shalanda Baker arms those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in the service of their humanity. She argues that people of color, poor people, and indigenous people must engage in the creation of the new energy system in order to upend the unequal power dynamics of the current system.

Climate change will force us to rethink the way we generate and distribute energy and regulate the system. But how much are we willing to change the system? This unique moment in history provides an unprecedented opening for a deeper transformation of the energy system, and thus, an opportunity to transform society. Revolutionary Power shows us how.

About the Author

Shalanda Baker is a professor at the Northeastern School of Law. Before joining Northeastern's faculty, Professor Baker spent three years as an associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i, where she was the founding director of the Energy Justice Program. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Law. In 2016, she won a Fulbright award and spent a year in Mexico exploring energy reform, climate change, and indigenous rights.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Energy, Energy Justice, and Civil Rights
  • Chapter 2 - Utility Reform: The Linchpin to Transforming the Energy System
  • Chapter 3 - Ending Climate Change Fundamentalism
  • Chapter 4 - The Fight for Local Power
  • Chapter 5 - Community Energy: The Devil Is in the Details
  • Chapter 6 - Access to Capital: A Way to End Solar Segregation
  • Conclusion: Revolutionary Power