Overheated How capitalism broke the planet--and how we fight back

Kate Aronoff

Book - 2021

"In the past few years, it has become impossible (for most) to deny the effects of climate change and that the planet is warming, and to acknowledge that we must act. But a new kind of denialism is taking root in the halls of power, shaped by a quarter-century of neoliberal policies, that threatens to doom us before we've grasped the full extent of the crisis. As Kate Aronoff argues, since the 1980s and 1990s, economists, pro-business Democrats and Republicans in the US, and global org...anizations like the UN and the World Economic Forum have all made concessions to the oil and gas industry that they have no intention of reversing. What's more, they believe that climate change can be solved through the market, capitalism can be a force for good, and all of us, corporations included, are fighting the good fight together. These assumptions, Aronoff makes abundantly clear, will not save the planet. Drawing on years of reporting and rigorous economic analysis, Aronoff lays out a robust vision for what will, detailing how to constrain the fossil fuel industry; transform the economy into a sustainable, democratic one; mobilize political support; create effective public-private partnerships; enact climate reparations; and adapt to inevitable warming in a way that is just and equitable. Our future, Aronoff's book makes clear, will require a radical reimagining of our politics and our economies, but if done right, it will save the world"--

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Published
New York : Bold Type Books 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
418 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781568589473
9781541700468
Main Author
Kate Aronoff (author)
  • Introduction: From great acceleration to great transformation
  • Climate denial is dead
  • Long live climate denial!
  • First as tragedy
  • Parallel worlds
  • New scenarios
  • "Pick good! Be smart!"
  • Planning for a good crisis
  • Power to the people
  • A post-carbon democracy
  • Toward a nonviolent economy
  • Managing eco-apartheid
  • Emergency internationalism
  • Conclusion: We can have nice things.