Why the World Needs a Green New Deal

By Scott Steward

There are four books that are out in front of the Green New Deal. Only one attempts to explain its implementation and societal imperatives.

The reviewers Jason Mark, Heather Smith, Jonathan Hahn an Rebecca Stoner make the reader aware of the Green New Deal rhetorical landscape that is insightful and a useful cliff-note.


A Planet to WinWhy We Need A Green New Deal – this book helps us imagine life under the umbrella of a radical Green New Deal.  This book is better for the activist than the other three reviewed – still a work in progress.

Here is the short-hand on the other 3 – that activists won’t find as useful:

  • On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal – More of Naomi Klein’s reasons – if you need more.
  • The Case for the Green New Deal, Ann Pettifor’s academic treatment among many, “we must fix our current global economic system.”  Yes yes – agreed.  Changing law is how that will happen.
  • Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, Jeremy Rifkin – this is a rose colored “in love with capitalism” until the end book. The author needs to do some deep work.

By all means “A Planet to Win” points to a more comprehensive book about how to implement the Green New Deal”.  There is no time for getting swamped in the reading.  Decide and act – if it looks like it reduces or eliminates atmospheric carbon and fossil fuel use – smells no carb – acting it’s better than waiting – act, do.  There will be no one size fits all solution to climate change.


About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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