October 6, 2023: 027–Eric reviews the book by Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin entitled “Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal.” Eric only has time to discuss the book’s preamble which summarizes the Green New Deal in the words of the authors. After investigation, the Green New Deal summary in the preamble is different than the official document. Eric points out the critical failure of how the authors summarize the Green New Deal. The authors first present net zero as the goal, not realizing that it decreases energy efficiency which contradicts their second point demanding for a radical energy efficiency improvement. You cannot achieve both together.
As the book review only has time to discuss the preamble, it will be continued on another show. The authors in the preamble demonstrate they are not energy experts and their first proposition to achieve net zero leads to a substantial decrease in energy efficiency, which is then followed by asking for a radical increase in energy efficiency. Luckily, their third point is to increase renewables which brings hope for the book. However, the authors are not able to understand their error as only through understanding of THE RED CUP and that the benchmark is to increase the renewable energy ratio, rather than decrease GHG, can you understand how net zero looks at using more fossil fuels to treat fossil fuels. Moreover, net zero does not attribute any short comings when decreasing energy efficiency, especially when using renewables energy inefficiently. The authors have fallen into the trap set up by the fossil fuel industry in the preamble even before the book starts. Eric explains THE RED CUP again, as repetition is part of the show’s objectives. Moreover, climate change policy will eventually migrate to tracking the percentage of renewable energy when the apartheid against renewables reaches its own tipping point. However, we are still decades away as can be clearly witness in the preamble of this book.