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The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can

Category: Book
Foreword By: Chomsky, Noam
By (author): Cox, Stan
Series: City Lights Open Media
Subject:  LAW / Environmental
  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
Published: May 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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$ 25.50
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A clear and urgent call for the national, social, and individual changes required to prevent catastrophic climate change.

"An iconoclast of the best kind, Stan Cox has an all-too-rare commitment to following arguments wherever they lead, however politically dangerous that turns out to be."-Naomi Klein, author ofOn Fire: The (Burning) Case for the New Green Deal

The prospect of a Green New Deal-sustainable energy, and justice for all Americans-has instilled millions of people with a sense of hope. To make it happen, the plan will require a national mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II. But will it be enough to prevent disaster? Scientists now warn that we have little time to eliminate greenhouse emissions. To do what's required, Stan Cox urges readers to embrace the Green New Deal but go beyond it in order to stop global warming before it's too late. In clear and accessible language, Cox explains why we must abolish the use of fossil fuels on a clear timetable, and reduce over-production and over-consumption-points not mandated by the GND. By starting now to find creative ways in which we can live in a lower-energy society, Cox writes, we as individuals and communities can play key roles in bringing about the necessary transformation.

"In The Green New Deal and Beyond, Stan Cox presents a smart, sane, and plausibly optimistic alternative to abandoning all hope."-David Owen, author ofVolume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World

"For too long, we've relinquished control over our future to corporations and governments that have brought us to the present crisis. Across the world, people with vision, hope, and commitment are making plans and building infrastructure for our future. The teachings of Indigenous Peoples are still here, and it's up to the present generation to muster the courage and resources to follow those instructions. Stan Cox reminds us of this historic dialogue and development of the Green New Deal, and helps us find the path back to those instructions."-Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), is author of many books, including All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life and LaDuke Chronicles

"A searing and provocative critique of our growth-based oil economy. Stan Cox suggests remedies that should ignite lively discussion and intense debate, which is sorely needed. A must-read for those who care about our shared planetary future."-Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, co-author, Journey of the Universe

"Stan Cox isn't just another member of the chorus speaking truth to power about climate change. He has the courage, intelligence and resolve in this vital book to speak truth to the half-formed plans that are currently being offered as a balm to the crisis."-Raj Patel, author ofA History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet

"If we as a species are going to survive climate change, we need a plan that is urgent, imaginative, and actionable. On most days, that struggle can feel hopeless. But reading Stan Cox andThe Green New Deal and Beyond-analysis that's both innovative and pragmatic-it's hard not to feel like we just might have a fighting chance. An invaluable contribution to what must become an unprecedented international revolution."-Will Potter, author of Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege

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Praise for Any Way You Slice It:

"An iconoclast of the best kind, Stan Cox has an all–too–rare commitment to following arguments wherever they lead, however politically dangerous that turns out to be. In this richly informative and deeply courageous book, he tackles one of the greatest taboos of our high–consumer culture: the need to consume less and to fairly share what's left."-Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

"Today, rationing is about as acceptable a topic of conversation as hemorrhoids. But that doesn't mean it isn't happening. In fact, we do it every day and our reluctance to admit it serves us poorly. From death panels to water wars, Any Way You Slice It explains with wit and sophistication how rationing happens. More important, Stan Cox gives us the tools to talk about rationing sensibly. And if we heed him, those conversations will not only be better informed, but might even lead to a better democracy."-Raj Patel, author ofThe Value of Nothing

"A cool and cogent analysis of a taboo subject…a brilliant opening of a global dialogue on who gets what, when, why, and how."-David W. Orr, Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College

"The warning signs are flashing ominously everywhere you turn: warming climate, swelling populations, dwindling water supplies, rising food costs, a host of new deadly diseases, and a widening chasm between the super–rich and the destitute. The ecological crisis afflicting the planet has mutated into a savage political and economic crisis that threatens to erode the very foundations of human culture. Time is running out for incremental, piecemeal solutions to these looming global threats. InAny Way You Slice It, Stan Cox offers a way out through a kind of ethical and rational triage. He maps out a plan to ration the Earth's shrinking resources in a way that is socially just and ecologically sane. This brave book is not for the timid or those frozen by political taboos, but it is a must–read for those who want to forge real change before the ecological doomsday clock strikes midnight."-Jeffrey St. Clair, editor ofCounterPunch and author ofBorn Under a Bad Sky

Praise forLosing Our Cool:

"Well-written, thoroughly researched, with a truly global focus, the book offers much for consumers, environmentalists, and policy makers to consider before powering up to cool down."-Publishers Weekly

"Stan Cox offers both some sobering facts and some interesting strategies for thinking through a big part of our energy dilemma."-Bill McKibben

"This is an important book. The history of air-conditioning is really the history of the world's energy and climate crises, and by narrowing the focus Stan Cox makes the big picture comprehensible. He also suggests remedies-which are different from the ones favored by politicians, environmentalists, and appliance manufacturers, not least because they might actually work."-David Owen, author ofGreen Metropolis

"As Stan Cox details in his excellent new book,Losing Our Cool, air conditioning has been a major force in shaping western society."-Bradford Plumer,The National

"This book is the go-to source for a better understanding of the complexity of pumping cold air into a warming climate."-Maude Barlow

"Important. . . .What I like about Cox's book is that he isn't an eco-nag or moralist."-Tom Condon,Hartford Courant

Biographical Note

Stan Cox has a Ph.D. in plant genetics from Iowa State University. During a career first in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and now at The Land Institute, he has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Since 2003, he has written for a general readership about the economic and political roots of the global ecological crisis. His writing has appeared in theNew York Times,Washington Post,Los Angeles Times,Hartford Courant,Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Baltimore Sun,Denver Post,Kansas City Star,Arizona Republic,The New Republic,The Guardian,Al Jazeera,Salon, andDissent, and in local publications spanning 43 U.S. states. In 2012,The Atlantic named Cox their 'Readers' Choice Brave Thinker' for his critique of air conditioning.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field, he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice. TheNew York Times calls him "a global phenomenon, perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet."