The Lorax, Criminology and Capitalism: Can Criminology Speak for the Trees?

In this post I draw upon environmental lessons offered by Dr. Seuss in The Lorax, and James Lovelock, an environmentalist, to explore the intersection of environmental issues, political economy, and criminology. The Lorax, published in 1972 was published two years before Lovelock’s well know Gaia Theory. Both works explore deteriorating environmental conditions in relation to expansion of economic development.

The Magical Mystery Tour: ExxonMobil's Corporate Confusion on Climate Change and Hydraulic-fracturing

The messages produced by non-scientific climate change skeptics are changing. These messages were in full display in a recent public statement made by ExxonMobil Chairmen, President and CEO, Rex Tillerson, who insulted the public and the media, excused harms done to people living near hydraulic-fracturing sites, said that global warming was real but not as serious as believed, and mis-represented the support MIT scientists would provide for his position. Its all a few minutes work for the corporation that has long denied that global warming was even happening.

Evidence of Widespread Green Victimization and the Treadmill of Production . . .

Evidence of Widespread Green Victimization and the Treadmill of Production:
Areas of Concern Uniting Radical Criminology, Green Criminology and the Political Economy of Environmental Crime.

Michael J. Lynch
Department of Criminology
University of South Florida


Herman and Julia Schwendinger have published a new book, BIG BROTHER IS LOOKING AT YOU, KID! IS HOMELAND FASCISM POSSIBLE which thay are making available free of charge.

The book is a political treatise but it may be interesting academically
because of its analytic constructs. It employs their "Janus model" of
governance and a category entitled "customary repression," referring to the
normalized century-old repression of left-wing ideas and policies. It
chronicles the qualitative changes in customary repression from the 1970s
and employs "parallels" (with the rise of fascism in Germany, Italy, Chile,
etc.) to realistically evaluate neofascist developments in the USA. It
points out that "bullshit" is the modus operandi of archconservatives
reviving McCarthyism in American universities. It describes, among other
things, the astonishing expansion of surveillance technology, the "Miami
model" of police brutality, the rise of Occupy Wall Street, and Obama's

Obama Administration Again Rejects Public Health Concerns and Environmental Protection

In September of 2011, Lisa Jackson, head of the US EPA, released a statement on enhancing the ozone pollution requirements in the National Ambient Air Quality Standards ( to better protect public health. In that statement, she noted that the under the Obama Administration, the EPA has worked to enhance environmental protection. And while Lisa Jackson may be working hard to protect the public's health, President Obama hasn’t been cooperating.

Carbon Dioxide Pollution is up, Future Uncertainty Mounts: Comments on Global Warming Pollution and on Criminology

In this post I examine the recent data on carbon dioxide pollution, the meaning of that data, and discuss the issue of global warming and environmental pollution from a critical criminological perspective.....

Congress Undermining EPA Authority

Michael J. Lynch
Professor, Department of Criminology
Associated Faculty, School of Global Sustainability
University of South Florida

The Hosue has passed HR 2018 in an effort to limit the powers of the EPA, and that's not good for the health of Americans, nor is that consistent with their effort to undermine the specific intent of the Clean Water Act. Read why.

Green Criminology Working Group

For those interested in the area of green criminology, the International Green Criminology Work Group has been formed. The groups meets at ASC and other major venues. At this point the group members' primary form of communication and the main thrust of the group is a listserve. If you are interested in joining, email Paul Stretesky
with the subject heading: Joining Green Crim Work Group


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