[ BOOKS ] ⚦ This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Author Naomi Klein – Tactical-player.co.uk

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Wherever Naomi Klein sets her sights, a wealth of information and progressive principles are revealed Most notably, this is a book about the detrimental impacts of the extractivist ideology that comes as a package deal with the kind of deregulated free market systems that Klein slams throughout the book.However, my main gripe with the book, and it s quite a big one, is that it completely skirts over the environmental impact of farming livestock Considering that the farming of livestock leads to the consumption of an estimated 70% of all the worlds farmed land and, as such, a huge amount of water 15 k litres to every kg of beef , and considering the fact that an estimated 91% of all deforestation that has occurred thus far has occurred due to the need to clear land to house and feed livestock, I d say that this was a monumental error on Klein s behalf Had the rest of the text not been so thorough in its exposition, I would have rated this as 3 stars I don t know if this was wilful or accidental ignorance, either way it s the major shortcoming of the book. I certainly agree with Naomi Kline that we are faced with a global crisis, and that action is required by governments and individuals The book is replete with relevant material but often pertaining to North America It is a passionate work, but the passion often leads to some incoherence and repetition editing would have been welcome She believes in the power of mass movements, but the election of a President who believes in unbridled capitalism and who mocks the evidence for climate change gives one little optimism. I have read this from cover to cover, but in many short bursts It is well researched, balanced in its approach plenty of citations and not too gloomy Indeed it is quite upbeat at times I was familiar with much of the material but it was still interesting to put the science into context from a macro economic perspective I recommend that everyone should read at least some of this book if only the first 20 pages introduction It is an urgent call to arms that politicians and senior business leaders must read. This remarkable book rounds up with wide ranging detail and references the positions, pressures and movements around the issues of global warming and fossil fuel extraction and, in the present state of affairs, whether or not compromise can still afford to replace confrontation It starts with the premise that global warming is man made because over 90% of scientists agree it to be the case John Kerry is quoted as equating climate change to a weapon of mass destruction It exposes the considerable vested interests in fossil fuel extraction and exploitation that have the power to rival governments, the collusions and purchases of influence between these and governments, and even environmental groups, not to mention some even disastrous track records of authoritarian supposedly leftist regimes The growing trend towards international trade agreements allows corporations to sue governments who prevent their commercial activities related to the extraction of fossil fuels Naomi Klein reminds us of the daunting fact that fossil fuel companies presently hold in reserve about five times what it would take to raise global temperatures by 2 degrees It exposes apprehension over the need for big government to stand up to the massive resources of fossil fuel dependent industries always fighting for survival and profits in the race for increasingly inaccessible resources, and the bravery of impoverished movements such as various Indigenous nations in the Americas and elsewhere in fighting to prevent extraction on their lands It enters into the grim business of the corruption of environmental progress caused by revolving doors, cronyism, collusions to slow down green solutions, the distorting of facts and creating myths and ignoring findings such the one that the methane leakage associated with fracking makes its overall environmental impact rank with coal It highlights the reductions in emissions dubiously achieved by developed countries through their exporting of polluting industries under the banner of global trade The proven weaknesses of incentive schemes such as taxation and carbon trading are discussed In terms of physical abatement, known carbon capture technologies have failed to break through and there are the horrific implications of using geoengineering to mask the sun whereby certain susceptible regions would climatically become disaster zones We learn about carbon cowboys, transition towns, solar warriors, and Blockadia movements, the use of shock doctrine to transform places damaged by the effects of global warming into exemplary green energy projects, and the pre emptive launching of such projects in areas targeted by the fossil fuel companies Financial abatement efforts include encouraging divestment in fossil fuel companies and paying poorer countries to leave their fossil fuels in the ground and be able to invest in green energy For the purpose of countries agreeing to emissions reductions, the notion of historical ecological debt of advanced economies has to be taken into consideration Greenhouse Development Rights have been established to fairly account for past and present contributions of global warming in order to determine relative responsibilities for mitigation The penultimate chapter moves away from the greenhouse effect to cite recent work that has found linkages between extraction and processing industries, including fracking, and local health issues The reader wonders where all this is headed and whether, in view of the massive commercial interests involved and struggle for countries to avoid damaging decline by neutering parts of their economies, the 2015 Paris accords have the ability to survive. Praise For Naomi Klein S The Shock Doctrine Impassioned, Hugely Informative, Wonderfully Controversial John Le Carr Packed With Thinking Dynamite A Book To Be Read Everywhere John Berger There Are Few Books That Really Help Us Understand The Present The Shock Doctrine Is One Of Those Books John Gray Guardian Lucid, Calm, Impeccably Researched, Gorgeously Readable Observer, Books Of The YearNaomi Klein Is An Award Winning Journalist, Syndicated Columnist And Author Of The International Bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, And Most Recently This Changes Everything Capitalism Vs The Climate In She Joined The Intercept As Senior Correspondent Recent Articles Have Also Appeared In The Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker And Le Monde In November She Was Awarded The Sydney Peace Prize In Australia


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