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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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Green old deal

Now that we know this is all fake, it‘s actually funny and interesting to learn about those agendas

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Please read this book!

Could have been narrated better but Jeremy is right on point and has put together a masterpiece on the topic of the Third Industrial Revolution and our path forward. A must read for people living everywhere on this planet (but especially North America)

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  • Mathers Rowley
  • 2020-01-26

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-21

More influenced by ideology than fact.

Society will collapse in 2027? How does one really believe that? Not enough sober thinking.

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  • Scott O. Seydel
  • 2019-11-01

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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  • Zard
  • 2019-12-29

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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  • Jason
  • 2019-10-02

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
  • 2019-09-29

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! D D Easson

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  • James
  • 2021-01-13

save the future

please read for a better future, very informative and helpful, promote IOT and 0 carbon emissions it's coming and don't get stuck with assets in old fossil fuel tech

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  • MrParis
  • 2021-01-08

Research this

Research this Nwo clown. He spews tons of misinformation . He praises all Corrupt politicians in the past 25 years. He’s part of deep state. Got a fire place? Throw his book in

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  • Rebecca
  • 2020-12-27

Interesting, but with a few misses

Interesting treatise on the possible shape of a Green New Deal, but with a bit too much self-aggrandizement. Also, in my opinion, there are a few misses: (1) over-emphasis on the role of unions and pension investments, seemingly for ideological reasons; (2) dismissal of the stock market as just a vehicle for short-term gains and for investors with a short-term horizon; (3) incomplete and misleading coverage of what an SRI-mandate does to investment returns, by only considering a limited sample of return comparisons (ex ante, of course, an SRI-mandate must result in inferior, or at best equal, risk-adjusted returns compared to an unrestricted mandate).

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  • Al
  • 2020-09-03

the future is green

this book should be required reading in schools and put out in the public as open domain for the public to understand and read