White Skin, Black Fuel

On the Danger of Fossil Fascism

Paperback, 576 pages

English language

Published May 18, 2021 by Verso.

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Rising temperatures and the rise of the far right. What disasters happen when they meet?

In recent years, the far right has done everything in its power to accelerate the heating: an American president who believes it is a hoax has removed limits on fossil fuel production. The Brazilian president has opened the Amazon and watched it burn. In Europe, parties denying the crisis and insisting on maximum combustion have stormed into office, from Sweden to Spain. On the brink of breakdown, the forces most aggressively promoting business-as-usual have surged - always in defense of white privilege, against supposed threats from non-white others. Where have they come from?

The first study of the far right in the climate crisis, White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism presents an eye-opening sweep of a novel political constellation, and reveals its deep historical roots. Fossil-fueled technologies were born steeped in …

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Comprehensive and, frankly, terrifying

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Content warning fascism, climate crisis


  • Climatic changes--Government policy--Case studies
  • Fossil fuels--Government policy--Case studies
  • Right-wing extremists--Case studies
  • Political ecology--Case studies