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The Green New Deal

Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028 and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth
Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Economics
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An urgent, workable plan to confront climate change and transform America's economy for a post-fossil fuel world from the New York Times best-selling author of The Third Industrial Revolution

A new vision for America’s future is quickly gaining momentum. The Green New Deal has caught fire in activist circles and become a central focus in the national conversation, setting the agenda for a new political movement that will likely transform the entire US and world economy. Although the details remain to be hashed out, it has inspired the millennial generation, now the largest voting bloc in the country, to lead America on the issue of climate change.

While the Green New Deal has become an overnight sensation, it takes on added weight in lieu of a parallel movement within the global business community that is going to shake the very foundation of society over the next several years. Behind the scenes, the key sectors that make up the infrastructure of the global economy are quickly decoupling from fossil fuels and recoupling with solar and wind energies that are now near parity in cost and soon to be far cheaper. New studies are sounding the alarm about the prospect of 100 trillion dollars in stranded assets as the economy abandons the old energies of the 20th century for the new cheaper green energies of the 21st century, creating a carbon bubble that is likely to burst by 2028 - leading to the collapse of the fossil fuel civilization. 

This great disruption is occurring because the marketplace is speaking. Every government will have to follow the market or face the consequences. Governments that lead in the scale-up of a new zero-carbon green infrastructure and create the new business opportunities and employment that accompany it will stay ahead of the curve. Governments that fail to lead will be doomed. 

In The Green New Deal, New York Times best-selling author and renowned economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin delivers the political narrative, technical framework, and economic plan for the debate now taking center stage across America. The concurrence of a stranded fossil fuel assets bubble and a green political vision opens up the possibility of a massive global paradigm shift into a post-carbon ecological era, hopefully in time to prevent a temperature rise that will tip us over the edge into runaway climate change. With 25 years of experience at the forefront of enacting green transitions for both the European Union and the People’s Republic of China, Rifkin offers his indispensable wisdom in a blueprint for how to transform the global economy and save life on Earth.

©2019 Jeremy Rifkin (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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An Important Read

Although I felt it had a bit of a slow start, the book was ripe with facts and figures clearly illustrating where we are, have been, and where we realistically can be within the next 10, 20, and 30 years. It's clear to me that the Green New Deal or a version of it, is the way forward for the worlds economies.

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  • Jason
  • 02-10-2019

one of the most important books you can read

I don't tend to listen to non fiction, but this one is critical. the author focuses less on the science of climate change, and more on the economic principles that might convince your conservative friends that addressing climate change problems is good for our economy.

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  • Don Easson
  • 29-09-2019

Essential Reading for Climate Change Believers and Sceptics

Climate Change is here. This is the first book I have read that lays out a plan for what we as citizens and our government must do! It also details what China and Europe are already doing, and what the US must do. We are in an extinction event! We must act if our children and grandchildren are to survive and hopefully thrive. It is up to us to act now. Read this book and determine how you can participate and lead this movement!
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  • Ru Da Lee
  • 08-04-2020

Great insight into the green new deal, green era

Jeremy Rifkin definitely lays insights for us to understand what to come in the future in the new green era. If you are curious about which energy sector would replace the current contemporary energy sector, this will explain and explore thoroughly. This lays building block for our understanding to embrace the new green era to come in 2040!

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  • Elza Hisel-McCoy
  • 28-02-2020

A Polemical but nevertheless informative read

If you can ignore the sensationalist language and the distracting self promotion, the book lays out a thought provoking vision for the inevitable (and already underway) transformation of the economy and society.

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  • Mathers Rowley
  • 26-01-2020

Required Reading

This explanation of how humans need to respond to disastrous climate change and the toxification of earth provides a clear and cogent description of the task before us. There is no time to waste. In the USA we must all mobilize on this path immediately. It will be a challenge, but there is no other sane option.

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  • Zard
  • 29-12-2019

good ideas, but endless self-congratulation

After half an hour, it becomes too much: If I hear Rifkin repeat his "third industrieal revolution" one more time, I'm going to puke. The ideas are really good, if at times too theoretical (zero marginal cost do not exist, even if they decrease to negligible levels) and too techno-optimistic (at least in Europe, we'd love some privacy instead of all teh data about everything everywhere, thank you very much). BUT: JR can't stop telling you how many governments he's advised and how wttentively Angela Merkel was listening to him and how he single-handedly convinced large utility providers to change their strategy... Good lord, he IS important, isn't he. Seriously: The whole book could be condensed by 50% if the author wasn't so into self-flattery, it's painful to listen to.

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  • Scott O. Seydel
  • 01-11-2019

Clear and concise call to action

This book satisfies curiosity with regard to the Green New Deal, presenting what it’s all about and why it’s so tremendously important and immediate.

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  • Elzabeth L.
  • 04-10-2019

A charlatan’s take on a serious issue

Very disappointing and lacking any new ideas. It basically calls for unsuccessful past methods to tackle new problems ... let’s use the unions, let’s tax more, let s the government run everything. I wasted my time reading this book

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  • Phil
  • 09-12-2019

An illuminating picture of the way forward.

An illuminating picture of how humanity can best overcome the challenges of our changing climate. The book outlines the threat, and then goes through concrete steps to mitigate it, both technologically and politically. Very interesting!

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  • Michael Camardesr
  • 06-12-2019

Warning of the Warming with Solutions

The pathways outlined if followed can save mankind from extinction. The planet will go on but without mankind & most of the animals.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-2020

a must read for humans

Maps out, in a very clear and informed way, the evironmental way forward for humanity.