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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

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An urgent plan to confront climate change, transform the American economy, and create a green post-fossil fuel culture.

A new vision for America’s future is quickly gaining momentum. Facing a global emergency, a younger generation is spearheading a national conversation around a Green New Deal and setting the agenda for a bold political movement with the potential to revolu
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Brandon Pytel
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What happens when the carbon bubble pops, leaving trillions of dollars of stranded assets in the ground? This Great Disruption is bound to happen, according to Rifkin, by the end of the 2020s should humanity have any hope for survival. This happens through legally mandated targets, the promotion of competitive renewables and stopping fossil fuel handouts.

What will replace the fossil fuel civilization is the Third Industrial revolution, a replacement of the 20th-century fossil-fuel culture that
Daniel Cunningham
Some interesting and hopeful ideas around financing projects with e.g. pension money bogged down by the entire rest of the book which is a collection of half-truths, mistakes, naivete, bad math, self-promotion, and ignorance.

Which shouldn't be a surprise. This is Rifkin's schtick, this is his game. He was wrong e.g. 20 years ago on fuel cells (which, given another 20 years, will probably be ready for widespread usage.) He got smacked down in the 80's by, amongst others, no less than Stephen Goul
Sep 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
Just like with the Mayan Calendar Hoax, the World is going to end soon. Only Rifkin's god can help you, and all it takes is to accept Rifkin as the true prophet. So damn unoriginal, yet an old tried and true method to start a cult, some of them very successful. ...more
Ashley Gleiter
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot reading this book, and am impressed by the candor of the message regarding climate change and the imperatives that are our new reality, while making the case for hope for the future of humanity. His explanation of a Green New Deal supported by a smart digital Third Industrial Revolution was thorough, compelling, and actionable - backed by examples from the EU and China. I hope many more people take the time to hear what Jeremy Rifkin has to say, and even more so, I hope they list ...more
George Florin
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read, especially since it tackles one of the most pregnant issues in the world right now, which is global warming and the reduction in fossil fuels.

The author comes with a few tactics which can be applied by the United States, but also by other individual countries, in order to reduce the amount of fossil fuel used for powering up the economy. Many of them include the creation of new structures in the taxation and subsidies systems, but also the improving of current infrastructure, w
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: change-making
I kept wanting this to be a different book - so the low rating might be a tad unfair. I’m already sold on the general sentiment of the Green New Deal. This book seems to be written for skeptics who ascribe to mainstream economic thought. Waxing poetic on the Internet of Things and excitedly describing how new models will upend everything (yet depend on an “army of little capitalists”), definitely has its role in mobilizing sufficient political and economic interest. But, given the author’s broad ...more
Jens Odinga
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars for the good ideas in this book. But I found it very hard to not get annoyed by his evangelic broadcast of egocentric importance. He could have summed up the book describing his 23 key initiatives and save many to plow through his record of meetings with heads of state to blow his own horn. Also to save life on earth, much more is needed than to decarbonize our economies - with again all the focus on our species above all others - although many of his (?) ideas are good. I wish him luck ...more
Jason Knoll
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had a read Mr. Rifkin's book, "The European Dream" a while back, so I was really looking forward to this book. While quite informative, the language was very technical, which might deter some from reading it. Additionally, I wasn't a big fan of Mr. Rifkin's name-dropping (ie "so and so read my book and invited me to speak). Finally, while the book's subtitle makes it clear the focus is on economics, it lacks a thorough discussion on social inclusion, which is essential when talking about the f ...more
Franz Sunyovszky
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is very clear that we are going through an era of Climate Change. Madrid itself is expected to reach the temperatures of Marrakech in a couple of years.

Jeremy Rifkin summarizes this very clearly, we shall adapt and move away as far as we can from fossil fuels and become more sustainable and regenerate the planet ASAP.

Jeremy, again, very well done. Thanks for this amazing read!
Jennifer Liu
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was really intrigued and hooked by the ideas that Rifkin brought up in the first few chapters of the book. As someone who doesn't know what the Green New Deal entails, it was a great way to get acquainted with the ideas behind it as well as the basis for what the Third Industrial Revolution will look like. I think he broke up the information really well for those who are not familiar with the subject, although it was slightly repetitive for someone who has a bit of background in renewable ener ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Critics have complained that the Green New Deal lacks details. Well, if you want details, this book will satisfy. Rifkin is a long-time green consultant to big corporations and has worked with governments in Europe and China on their plans to move their economies onto 100% clean energy, connecting isolated projects into a unified whole through "smart" infrastructure, what Rifkin calls the Third Industrial Revolution.

The book concludes with shovel-ready plans for a new US government, which Rifki
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Most books on climate change are about the history, science, and possible outcomes of the phenomenon, so it's nice to see more books coming out with possible solutions. The "Green New Deal" is one such solution, and Rifkin goes to great lengths to explain why fossil fuels are doomed and the Green New Deal is the best path forward to jumpstart a third industrial revolution and save our planet from disaster.

To summarize as best as I can: The fossil fuel economy costs to much. Coal, oil, and natura
Adrian Stefan Tudor
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-read
# The Book in 3 Sentences

1. Insightful information about the world's green energy plans and strategy.
2. Switch from fossil fuels and gas to wind/solar green energy
3. Technological advances, cheap green energy, how smart grids will replace old ones, and how IoT will contribute to the overall transition from fossil fuel to green energy.

# Impressions

The book, though not capturing the recent 2020 events with the Covid situation, is an interesting read that makes you think about the environment, the
I'm doing a new thing where I don't give stars. This book was OK. I am sold on the Green New Deal, and more interested in the details of what the infrastructure will do more exactly and how exactly it can be built. I believe we each have something to contribute, and I wanted to know what that should be. This book did not answer my questions. Instead, the book focused on explaining the concepts of Peer Assemblies, Pension Funds, Union Labor, Stranded Assets.

As a Green Tech person, it was mostly t
Jul 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: peak-oil
Unfortunately, anybody who lived long enough (and has better-than-a-goldfish mental retention) has seen this all.

Dr. Paul Ehrlich, 1970, Stanford Uni: "The oceans will be as dead as Lake Erie in less than a decade... America will be subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980..."
Result in 2020: The oceans are alive. No food and water rationing in the US so far. Lake Erie is recovering. The lake's fish population accounts for an estimated 50% of all fish inhabiting the Great Lak
Robert Narojek
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I waited a long time for the latest book by Jeremy Rifkin and with great joy sat down to read "The Green New Deal" because his view of climate, civilization and its evolution over the last 10,000 years and his very calm and pragmatic approach to broadly understood economics are this what mankind badly needs, and has been waiting for at least several decades. I must admit that, as always, the author did not disappoint. The book is very addictive and, above all, gives great concrete advice on what ...more
Georgina Brooke
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was really interesting. Rifkin essentially takes you through what needs to happen on a macro level in the next 12 years if we are to avoid irreversable climate change that leads to mass population destruction and ushers in the next great extinction. It's difficult to comprehend that right now our political leaders are sitting on a ticking time bomb that dictates how many more generations the Earth can comfortably hold. It made me realise what a precipice we are on.
The silly thing
John Leemhuis
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jeremy Rifkin's book, "The Green New Deal", walks through the facts around climate change that draw us to the inevitable conclusion that the human race is on a path that will send us over a cliff unless drastic measures are taken immediately.

Rifkin points to the Paris Agreement and the crucial tipping point that will occur if we do not take action to keep the Earth's temperature from increasing beyond 1.5 degrees C. While traditional fossil fuel industries seem to keep marching blindly forward,
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Having previously read and loved Entropy by the same author, I had really high expectations for this work and I am sorry to say I was quite disappointed.
The author depicts a new world based on renewable energies, circular economy, smart grids, electric cars, etc. but it sounds more of an utopian world that a viable alternative to our unsustainable idea of progress and economical, social and political development.
I expected a global vision and a clear idea about how to achieve it, but the author
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Less of a manifesto and more of a series of policy suggestions to what a world might look like after a series of radical policy proposals with a focus on reducing emissions and reorganizing society. I still do not know where the 2028 figure comes from.

While some of the early chapters are cluttered with buzzwords 'Internet of Things', 'Smart Cities', the final chapter has a more concrete list of proposals including pension investments, progressive taxation, ending federal subsidies for fossil fu
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is good but it doesn't address any of my concerns with the Green New Deal, which I think are pretty common and reasonable. Obviously we have to move away from fossil fuels. Anyone with half a brain knows that. What I was hoping for was a rebuttal, or at least an acknowledgement, of the more controversial and divisive portions of the legislation. Although it's been a little while since the GND was proposed, with Biden in office and Congress now blue, I'm sure it will rear its head again ...more
Shōkai Sinclair
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is so full of self-promotion (tediously journaling all of Rifkin's meetings with various heads of state) that it was hard to take it seriously at times. And although there were some very interesting economic proposals for transitioning to a post-carbon era (ESCOs, green banks, etc.), I thought the collection of Rifkin's proposed solutions left too much in the hands of “market forces,” which haven't had a great track record creating more harmonious and equitable futures so far. Still, I ...more
Pierfilippo Pierucci
A quite difficult reading, due to its not “linear” narration, but a useful one. Rifkin explains in good ways how the world is going to work and how the global economy is going to change using data, studies and experts’ observations, creating an irrefutable point of view.

I personally didn't like all those technicalities used, sometimes Rifkin has lost himself in maybe useless informations, but the “narration” and the book are powerful in their meaning and message.

There are lots of books about thi
There are a ton of books out there now about how we need a Green New Deal and what that would look like. This isn't the first I've read, but it was one of the better more interesting ones so far. I'd say that if you're looking for a place to start you could certainly do worse than starting here.

Rifkin does a great job of not being scared away when it comes to criticizing capitalism and giving it it's fair share of the blame when it comes to the destruction of the natural world which is nice. It
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had a bias against Jeremy Rifkin for a long time because I had a disagreement with a lot of his opinions on biotechnology. However I picked up this book primarily because of the topic of the Green New Deal, despite the author. I was impressed by the completeness and organization of the material as presented by Rifkin. His economic background is solid and he explains concepts extremely well. I learned a lot about somethings going on behind the scenes with fossil fuel companies and why they are ...more
Chris Lindsay
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
clear and concise about the policy options on the table as we face the biggest threat of not just our generation, but all generations. Rifkin is an expert who has been in the game his entire career - I imagine he banged out this book in several weeks based on past experience. Policy makers, wonks, anyone who cares about the future, who is passionate about finding solutions to the wicked problems we face - should read this, think deeply about it, and make a personal plan to contribute to the many ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Green New Deal is an extension of the author's previous book the Third Industrial Revolution (TIR). Not knowing much about the Green New Deal, figure it'd be better to learn what it's actually about, rather than just listening to its critics. Using the infrastructure ideas of TIR, he builds the GND's pillars of power, communication, & transportation. There are good economic good reasons to move in this direction-peak oil, cost overruns, and stranded assets, to name a few. Yet more important, ...more
Dec 07, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-reads
While I agree with the overall message, I found it to be very repetitive. I can only hear about China and the EU leading the way for so long before I zone out. This book was 304 pages and it still felt too long.

I also didn't vibe with how the market is posed as the way to save the planet. It isn't.
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