It seems that every politician and commentator, every international NGO and every global institution left of GW Bush is trying to sell us a Green New Deal just now. Some of them are merely Grey Old Deals with a quick and fashionable paint job; some of them are Lite Green; but one or two do seem to be the Real Deal.
So – which Green New Deal should we buy into?
This is a general election year here in Aotearoa New Zealand and the election will hold the much of the attention of New Zealand’s political junkies. In some respects, though, even for New Zealanders the US presidential election taking place in November is of far more consequence.
I’m thinking in particular of the issue of global warming. Because the US generates around 22% of global CO2 output (2004 data, available here), the decisions of the next US president will – in one way or another – have a critical impact on the issue of climate change. Whether he or she takes action on global warming or follows the lead of GW Bush and places her or his head firmly in the sand, the outcome will affect just about everyone on the planet.