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The Green New Deal


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JEREMY RIFKIN, one of the most popular social thinkers of our time, is the bestselling author of 20 books including The Zero Marginal Cost Society and The Third Industrial Revolution. His books have been translated into more than 35 languages. Rifkin is an advisor to the European Union, the People's Republic of China, and heads of state around the world. He has taught at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania since 1995 and is the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC.


"The futurist and prolific author is the kind of thinker popular among chief executives and the TED Talk crowd. So it's not surprising that 'The Green New Deal' takes a stance quite different from that of typical Green New Deal supporters... he's interested in building factories, farms, and vehicles in a fossil-free world, asserting that 'the Green New Deal is all about infrastructure.' He's best at articulating the huge financial risk the oil, coal, and natural gas industries face from stranded assets - all the pipelines, ocean drilling platforms, ports, mining equipment and power plants that will soon be obsolete... there is an unmistakable sense that with disaster comes opportunity. Will we seize this moment to become a more just, more equitable, more resilient world." --The New York Times Book Review

"An influential advisor to governments the world over and a prolific author in areas of societal importance, Rifkin delivers a passionate vision and practical narrative, based on his extensive experience implementing pioneering changes throughout the European Union and People's Republic of China." --Booklist"An urgent endorsement of efforts to remake a doomed fossil-fuel economy before it's too late." --Kirkus Reviews"Once again, Jeremy Rifkin has wrapped his brilliant mind around humanity's greatest challenges and makes a compelling case for ending business as usual. The Green New Deal is a clear roadmap for the post-carbon transformation of the US economy and an inspiring vision of what could be the most promising economic opportunity of our lifetimes. It's a must-read for investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers alike." --Sir Richard Branson

"Energy is the economic, social, and existential issue of our time. Jeremy Rifkin's command of the issue in all its shades and shapes is unsurpassed. His narrative deftly deconstructs the future energy problem set, soberly chronicles the zeitgeist, and offers a bold snapshot of the future with an accompanying roadmap. The Green New Deal is singular in its holistic perspective on the necessary energy revolution--from addressing the clean resource mix to identifying financing alternatives to emphasizing the importance of reinventing the oft-forgotten grid infrastructure to the overarching demand for social equity. It's all here--a must read." --Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of Exelon Utilities "Challenging yes! Unrealistically provocative - far from it! Workers want their money invested in a sustainable future with human-centered technology, jobs and a just transition... Jeremy Rifkin provides a realistic timeline and an indispensable roadmap for action. There are simply no jobs on a dead planet!" --Sharan Burrow, Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation "Jeremy Rifkin's ground-breaking ideas have long been the staple diet of enlightened political leaders across the world. The Green New Deal shows why his work remains more important than ever. In charting the natural decline of fossil fuel industrialization, Rifkin offers a compelling prescription for how the green economy has the potential to unlock the sustainable growth of the future." --Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and Vice Chair of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative"Jeremy Rifkin is the economic and ecological worldwide ambassador of the energy transition...he presents a grand scenario for the future: a visionary approach unlike anyone has dared to put forward in the last fifty years. The Green New Deal is a must-read...for grassroots movements and policy-makers in Europe and the United States alike!" --Sigmar Gabriel, former Vice Chancellor and the Minister of Economic Affairs of Germany "Jeremy Rifkin's The Green New Deal presents the most comprehensive and compelling narrative to transition the U.S. energy, telecommunications, and transportation sectors into a smart Third Industrial Revolution. While our national leaders have been unable to find common ground, Rifkin provides a bipartisan means to accelerate our nation's path toward decarbonization." --Robert Wilhite, Managing Director, Navigant Consulting, the largest energy and sustainability consulting team in the industry"The United States is falling behind the European Union and now China in the race to prepare our economies for the low-carbon future. Rifkin's new book gives the US the crucial narrative it needs to confront the 'carbon bubble' of stranded assets increasingly threatening the stability of the global financial system. And his advice is not just for the US. The 9,200 cities that are part of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy have a lot to learn from Rifkin's work with pioneer smart cities and regions in Europe." --Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission and Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy"Rifkin is bold, prescient and revolutionary. The urgent global public health and humanitarian impacts of Climate Change are well upon us and accelerating. Rifkin charts a tough and achievable path forward - Distributed, Open Source, Glocal and Green - and brings us to the threshold of a New Beginning." --James Orbinski MD, former International President of Doctors Without Borders"The Green New Deal is impressive in its ability to connect the dots of environmental, political, social and geographical issues that define our sustainable future. Rifkin has laid out a vast Green New Deal plan that is radical and defensible for an historic twenty-year retrofit of the nation's millions of buildings to reduce global warming emissions, taking us into a green century." --Gordon Gill, Principal, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (ranked the number one architecture firm in the United States of America by Architect magazine) "In The Green New Deal, Jeremy Rifkin presents a survival imperative for the millions without work and for a planet that needs healing. In this timely book, he defines the urgent steps that will need to be taken to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and reclaim public infrastructure." --Dr. Vandana Shiva, feminist, ecologist, and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award

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