Naomi Klein: As I wrote at the time, the Copenhagen deal — cooked up behind closed doors with the most vulnerable countries locked out — amounted to a “grubby pact between the world’s biggest emitters: I’ll pretend that you are doing something about climate change if you pretend that I am too. Deal? Deal.”
Roger Hodge, Deputy Editor The Intercept Climate Crisis December 1, 2018
Nine years after Barack Obama decisively destroyed any hope for a meaningful global climate deal, and in the face of a Republican president determined to play climate supervillain, the bold leadership of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other newly elected members of Congress gives us a real reason to hope. Their plan for a Green New Deal, Naomi Klein writes, will no doubt be squashed in the short term, but the concrete, achievable agenda they outline sets up the possibility that Democrats could run and win in 2020 on an ambitious and comprehensive climate agenda modeled on the most successful economic stimulus package of all time.