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This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
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did not like it
bookshelves: green, life-is-too-short, climate

Naomi's political lens is so focused that it's blinding. This is less a book about climate change than it is about why climate change is now the perfect excuse to do everything she's always wanted to do anyway (eg. scrap globalization, redistribute wealth), which is fine, but she ignores any contrary evidence. For example, she has a brief section on the brief flourishing and untimely death of Ontario's green energy economy, which she blames 100% on the WTO's decision on domestic content. The waffling and delays of government regulators on applications, the constant changes in direction, and the dead-set-contrarian politics of the mostly rural ridings where wind energy projects were to be sited were completely overlooked, but as anyone who actually went through the process can tell you, the domestic content reg change was the least of any developer's worries, and came after years and years of frustrations brought about by the public sector.

She spends a great deal of time criticizing anyone else whose political perspectives change how they perceive climate science and solutions, but is much, much worse herself in this book. No information penetrates unless it conforms with her pre-existing beliefs. But the global carbon cycle is not sentient. It doesn't care how carbon emissions are reduced; it doesn't even care if they are reduced at all. It does not vote and has no political preferences. WE do; and so it's up to us to make some decisions about if and how we're going to turn things around, but the important thing is that emissions go down. It should be a mark of deep shame to any thinking citizen in a democratic society that authoritarian China is pulling so far ahead in the transition to a renewable economy.

This is a terrible book on climate change. You'd be better off reading almost anything else on the subject.
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Reading Progress

December 11, 2014 – Started Reading
December 11, 2014 – Shelved
December 18, 2014 –
page 50
December 18, 2014 –
page 50
December 18, 2014 –
page 65
11.48% "So Chapter 2 is (so far) all about how Ontario killed its own renewables industry."
December 20, 2014 – Shelved as: green
December 20, 2014 – Finished Reading
October 31, 2017 – Shelved as: life-is-too-short
August 21, 2018 – Shelved as: climate

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