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The Problem of Our Planet


“On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal”

By Naomi Klein

309 pages. Simon & Schuster. $27.

“The Green New Deal: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth”

By Jeremy Rifkin

290 pages. St. Martin’s Press. $27.99.

If I were a rich man, I’d buy 245 million copies of Naomi Klein’s “On Fire” and hand-deliver them to every eligible voter in America. I say this not because Klein’s book is flawless — far from it — but because it makes a strong case for tackling the climate crisis as not just an urgent undertaking, but an inspiring one.

Klein is a Canadian journalist and activist whose previous books include sharp, well-reported critiques of corporations and capitalism. In “On Fire,”

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