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A little climate law can be a dangerous thing

One of the important take-home messages in Peter Barnes’ Climate Solutions is that the political action needed for addressing global warming has to be done right, and it has to be done right the first time. That’s not only because time is running has pretty much run out, it’s that the needed policies will be forcing large changes on the economy’s status quo, and politics being what it is, any policies adopted risk being undermined by fair-weather politicians in the future. The first tool in the belt of the underminers is to greenwash government action–have the government adopt policies that look like they’ll do something but in reality won’t do enough. Adding insult to injury, they also threaten to enrich the fossil fuel industries at the expense of everyone else. Instead of fiddling while Rome burns, it’ll be like mailing out Photoshopped images of Congress “fighting the fire” when actually they’re roasting marshmallows with their benefactors in the box seats. Most voters won’t be in a position to know the difference, and so the politicians will get to spit shine their reputations with voters as leaders on the issue and eat their corporate contributions too.

The environmental group Friends of the Earth is on the same page as Barnes. They’ve got a letter-to-Congress campaign going to beat back the first major greenwash effort being led by Senator Corporate Tool Joe Lieberman. “FIX or DITCH the Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Bill.” On your way to picking up a copy of Barnes’ vital new book (which has additional tips on how to make climate policy more resistant to political backsliding), take a moment to click over to FoE and join the fight.


Happy Holidays from Chelsea Green Publishing!

Today we kick off our Holiday Sale — with 35% off every purchase at our online bookstore. Simply use the code CGS16 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Along with this great discount, we are offering free shipping on any order over $100*. Are there homesteaders or organic gardeners on your […] Read More

You won’t have a revolution if you don’t ask for one. So, what are you waiting for?

Get ready for the era of Big Organizing. In Rules for Revolutionaries, authors Becky Bond and Zack Exley lay out the 22 Rules the fueled the Bernie Sanders campaign and which provide a way forward for activists looking for ways to move forward post-Election Day. This model, which the authors call “Big Organizing” is the […] Read More

Author Nicolette Hahn Niman to Speak at Nobel Dialogue on the Future of Food

What does a former environmental lawyer and vegetarian turned cattle rancher have in common with Bob Dylan? They’ll both be — theoretically — in Stockholm in December during the Nobel Prize ceremonies. That’s right – Chelsea Green author Nicolette Hahn Niman will be one of several global opinion leaders and experts taking part in this […] Read More

We Got Trump-ed. Now What?

As the country braces for a Trump presidency, this post-election playbook points the way forward. “We can win — but only if we continue to develop the kinds of tactics, tools, and vision laid out in this vitally important book, perhaps the first to explore how to organize at the true scale of the crises […] Read More

“Rules for Revolutionaries” Offers New Political Playbook for Activists

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the “rules” used by the “revolutionaries” who helped harness the volunteer power that fueled Bernie Sanders’ historic, and insurgent, presidential campaign. Authors Becky Bond and Zack Exley led the Sanders campaign’s efforts to recruit and engage volunteers at an unprecedented level, which was crucial to the Vermont senator capturing 46 […] Read More
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