The Green New Deal and Beyond
The Green New Deal and Beyond
Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can
Foreword by Noam Chomsky

Review in "Solutions Journal"
Sep 3, 2020

"The . . .  book is indispensable for environmentalists. . . . The Green New Deal and Beyond pares away the distractions and leaves you with climate clarity."—Justin Podhur, Solutions Journal

Essay "Cap and Adapt: Failsafe Policy for the Climate Emergency"
Sep 3, 2020

Essay by Larry Edwards & Stan Cox.

Decades of continuing failures to achieve globally-agreed climate policy that is sufficient and fast enough to solve the climate change emergency is evidence that an additional policy track is needed, while the UNFCCC continues its effort. The article proposes a national-level policy framework that is capable of quickly cutting fossil fuel emissions to zero. If implemented by a major CO2 emitting nation, or better yet a club of a few such nations, a credible attempt could then be made to persuade other nations to follow suit. They could do so individually, or ideally en masse at a UNFCCC Conference of Parties. The article's proposal could break the global climate policy logjam.

Summer Soul-stice panel
Aug 12, 2020

Discussion in the second Summer Soul-stice program is centered around deep-seated issues that have been uncovered by the coronavirus: the physical, biological, and environmental limits we are facing now; the deep fissures in our country's political institutions; wealth inequality; inadequate healthcare; institutional racism. Is there new understanding and wisdom we can draw from the devastation of this pandemic that can give us hope?

Conversation with Jerry Brown, Stan Cox and Kevin Willmott

Interview on the "America Trends" podcast
Aug 13, 2020

Most climate scientists say we have dragged our feet too long on addressing the harms that are, and will be, caused by climate change. Yet, for many, forest wildfires, powerful hurricanes and two 100 years storms in the space of five years, is not evidence enough to convince them that its effects are potentially devastating and that dramatic actions are needed. While America tamped down the Paris Climate Accords under the Obama Administration to allow the fossil fuel industry to maintain viability, that was not enough for the Trump Administration. They pulled America out of the agreement. In response, progressive politicians and citizen action groups have come forward with the Green New Deal. The question is whether it's a big enough deal to address the continuing carbon-based warming of the planet, evidenced by the science.

Enter Stan Cox, author of The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can, who suggests that 'to avoid disaster, we need a strict national emissions ceiling that delcines steeply year by year.’ He’s not looking to augment and ultimately replace the fossil fuel industry with green energy. He wants to supplant it–and fast.

Of course, the implications are changes in lifestyle and consumption. Is America ready for that? What has the coronavirus epidemic told us about our willingness to sacrifice for public health? This episode should get you thinking.


The Raven Bookstore recommends "The Green New Deal and Beyond"
Jul 27, 2020


A lead scientist and world-renowned plant breeder at The Land Institute headquartered in Salina, Kansas, Stan Cox has written a new book The Green New Deal and Beyond that offers a clear history of the initiative that represents the strongest commitment to fight climate change to emerge from the U.S. Congress to date. However, Cox stresses that ever deeper initiatives and commitment to them will be required if humans and our living kin are to have a future. I've enjoyed Cox's other books for their clear-headed calls for citizenship and sacrifice from people of privilege, especially white North Americans like myself. Again, this book's stern recommendations offer a unique sense of solace.


Q&A with "Read More"
Jul 23, 2020

1.  In your opinion, what is the best way for the global society to affect climate change? 

I argue in the book that although there are many actions that nations can take individually and collectively, the most urgent need in the United States is to legislate leakproof caps on the numbers of barrels of oil, cubic feet of natural gas, and tons of coal that can come out of the Earth and into the economy each year. 

Book excerpt "Going on an Energy Diet" on
Jul 20, 2020

If fossil fuels are rapidly eliminated during the transition to non-fossil energy, the pool of energy available to society will shrink. How much it shrinks will depend on how fast the new energy capacity and a new electric grid can be developed. And if the transition succeeds, the handy liquid fuels that for a century have powered road travel, farming, freight hauling, and air travel will be flushed out of society forever. Operating buildings, transportation, and industry mostly on electricity will be much more complicated. But adapting to a leaner energy diet does not have to be a grim ordeal; in fact, it will provide opportunities to scale back the environmental and societal damage that potent, portable en- ergy sources, especially liquid fuels, have empowered us to inflict.

Interview on "Inside Personal Growth"
Jul 20, 2020

If your summers are getting warmer, and you have experienced flooding or wildfires then most likely you can attribute these changing conditions to global warming.

If you have experienced this near your home and you think that global warming is attributing to these shifts in our environment then you won't want to miss this interview with Stan Cox the author of a new book entitled The Green New Deal and Beyond.

Review in the "Brooklyn Rail"
Jul 9, 2020

". . .  the most concise, careful, and politically serious action program for responding to the climate crisis so far published . . . His deft pen seldom fails to sketch out problems and solutions for human societies with economy and grace."—Max Ajl, The Brooklyn Rail

Oped published on "The Hill"
Jul 6, 2020

"This summer, America will be hemmed in by a climate emergency on one hand and a continuing deadly pandemic on the other. Meanwhile, humming away in the background, aggravating our plight, will be that longtime summer friend: air conditioning."—Stan Cox

Oped reprinted on "Counterpunch"
Jul 2, 2020

Originally published on Lit Hub.

"COVID-19 outbreaks are now reaching far beyond the meatpacking industry. Migrant farmworkers in fruit orchards and vegetable fields, long the targets of intense exploitation, are seeing their health put in even greater jeopardy as they're pushed to feed an increasingly voracious supply chain in pandemic-time."—Stan Cox

Oped reprinted on "Resilience"
Jun 30, 2020

Originally published on Lit Hub.

Oped published on "Countercurrents"
Jun 30, 2020

Originally published by Lit Hub.

YES Magazine: Edited transcript of event
Jun 22, 2020

When it comes to a just transition, it's going to take a radical reimagining not only of our economy but also of our culture and the shape of our social structures. YES! co-hosted a conversation with experts from the nonprofit The Land Institute to discuss policy proposals and new ways to rebuild our sense of self and community from the bottom up.

The discussion was prompted by a new book, The Green New Deal and Beyond, by Stan Cox, the Land Institute’s lead scientist for perennial crops. He was joined by his colleagues, Director of Ecosphere Studies Aubrey Streit Krug, and President Emeritus Wes Jackson. The event was moderated by YES! contributing editor Robert Jensen.

Together they share a range of ideas and strategies for envisioning a better future.

The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Essay on Lit Hub
Jun 10, 2020

It's Not Just Meat: Covid-19 Puts All Food-System Workers in Peril Stan Cox on Building a More Humane, Robust Way of Putting Food on the Table

Virtual event hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies
Jun 4, 2020

The prospect of a Green New Deal is providing millions of people with a sense of hope. But is it enough to prevent climate disaster? Stan Cox, the lead scientist at the Land Institute, is the author of the brand new book, The Green New Deal and Beyond, about the shortcomings of the GND, and what needs to be done to prevent ecological catastrophe before it's too late.

In this event organized by IPS’s Climate Policy Program, Stan Cox is joined in conversation by Lisi Krall, a professor of economics whose current research explores the interface between economy and Earth.

They discuss the prospects for a Green New Deal, the impact of the current coronavirus pandemic, and what it will take to address climate change in a sustainable manner.

Excerpt on The Progressive
Jun 1, 2020

Recommended by The Revelator
May 20, 2020

The operative word in the title is "beyond." Cox, lead scientist at The Land Institute, walks us through what the current iteration of the Green New Deal misses and what it would take to get to a zero-emissions future. Noam Chomsky provides the foreword.

Interview with Kris Welch on KPFA
May 20, 2020

In a new book on the subject, author-scientist Stan Cox argues the Green New Deal relies too much on business as usual, the growth model of capitalism.  He argues for a radical restructuring of our society—and he's optimistic about the possibility! Hosted by Kris Welch.

Review in the New York Journal of Books (reprinted on 9 additional sites)
May 19, 2020

"Stan Cox is one of those deep thinkers who are highly cautious about unbridled support for a concept that might have drawbacks. In his foreword to the book Noam Chomsky notes that pro-GND US congresspersons do not directly challenge the fossil fuel industry."—Don Fitz, New York Journal of Books

This review also appeared on Green Social Thought, Attack the System, CounterCurrents, CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Znet, Occasion2B, Resilience and at Earth Island Journal!

Amy Goodman in discussion with Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox about the prospects for the Green New Deal
May 19, 2020

Co-presented by City Lights & Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman in discussion with Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox about the prospects for the Green New Deal, how the pandemic does–and does not—affect the struggle for climatic and economic justice, among other relevant topics. This event was originally broadcast live via Crowdcast on Tuesday, May 19th. This video starts about 8 minutes into the live broadcast due to audio difficulties.

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Interview in "Peace News"
May 5, 2020

"Going Slowly to 100% Renewables . . .by 2025?"

“We have to begin adapting our economy now to living on a smaller energy supply. That will mean maintaining production of essential goods and services while eliminating all wasteful and superfluous production." For example, this would mean giving up on visions of widespread electric car ownership, a “non-solution” according to Cox because the vehicles require massive amounts of mining for materials, as non-electric cars do. Cox urges refurbishing existing rail rather than using massive amounts of concrete to build new rail.


Excerpt on Resilience
May 4, 2020

Review in "Real Change News"
Apr 29, 2020

"In The Green New Deal, author Stan Cox argues persuasively that, while the program definitely is worth supporting, by itself it won't bring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back to sustainable levels. This is because the program is still premised on growing the economy, which means an increase in energy use that cannot be met solely with renewable energy, at least in the short term."—Mike Wold, Real Change News

"Resilience" publishes review from "Uneven Earth"
Apr 28, 2020

Review on "Climate & Capitalism"
Apr 25, 2020

"The Green New Deal will be a step in the right direction, but it isn't enough. Author and plant scientist Stan Cox explains why we must abolish the use of fossil fuels as soon as possible, and how it can be done. He addresses a host of glaring issues not mentioned in the GND and offers ideas for a solution to the deepening crisis."

Houston Chronicle oped reprinted at
Apr 24, 2020

Houston Chronicle oped reprinted at
Apr 24, 2020

Book's foreword, authored by Noam Chomsky, is published on Lit Hub
Apr 22, 2020

"Moving to zero net carbon emissions, and fast, is the point of Stan Cox's important new study, The Green New Deal and Beyond. Cox advocates on behalf of the GND as one step of several we need to take to stabilize the planet. But as Cox and others point out, the GND does not challenge the fossil-fuel industry. In fact, the term "fossil fuels" appears nowhere in the Congressional GND resolutions, and the GND think tanks are not stressing the elimination of fossil fuels. Cox suggests policies that would free us from fossil fuel use before it’s too late. He also suggests doing so in a manner that breaks the patterns of social, racial, and environmental injustice that have been historically inseparable from the forms of economic injustice that have destabilized the planet’s ecosystem."

Essay in "Yes Magazine"
Apr 22, 2020

"My new book went to press just as the coronavirus pandemic was starting. If I were still working on The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can, I'd add a preface discussing the pandemic's relevance to the climate emergency. We Americans have learned that we do have the capacity to take unprecedented, radical actions that deal with a fast-breaking existential threat like the coronavirus. I’d write that we must be willing to take just-as-drastic actions against our less visible degradation of the global climate. . . . "—Stan Cox

Op-ed in the Houston Chronicle
Apr 17, 2020

Co-authored with Ezra Silk

Government needs plans for rationing food and basic essentials during pandemics, other crises.

For weeks, pandemic-induced overbuying has resulted in shortages of staple foods and sanitation products. With their shelves stripped, supermarkets are donating much less to food banks just as those services are being overwhelmed by a surge of newly jobless clients. Disinfectant wipes are selling for extortionate prices online — if they are available at all.

Now, with a COVID-19 outbreak having shut down a South Dakota meatpacking plant, sickening hundreds of workers and choking off nearly 5 percent of U.S. pork production in one fell swoop, concern is growing that the coronavirus could spread throughout the food-production and processing industries. Food retailers, already reeling from excess consumer demand and struggling to stop the spread of infection in their own workforce, could be hit with even more acute scarcity as their supply chains fall apart.

Review in "Uneven Earth"
Apr 7, 2020

"In writing this book, Stan Cox could not have anticipated that the spread of COVID-19 may itself present an emergency situation requiring the restructuring and planning of the economy. The recently passed CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act in the U.S., which includes loan forgiveness and emergency funds for economic relief, has attempted to intervene in this emergency for the sake of stabilizing the economy. Cox would likely respond that such drastic intervention must become the new normal, but not for the sake of the market. Rather, he would argue that such an emergency should be an impetus for simplifying, standardizing, and restructuring production and consumption. Cox argues that this is not idealism, but necessity. By 2030 or 2040, if our aims and policies turn out to have been insufficient, as he points out, it will have been too late."—Natalie Suzelis, Uneven Earth

Review in "Kirkus Reviews"
Apr 7, 2020

"A strictly science-based plan for effectively addressing the dire realities of climate change. Geneticist and science writer Cox begins with bad news, although good news is rarely in evidence. Earth's average temperature is now 2.2 degrees higher than in the pre–fossil fuel era. This may sound trivial, but it is anything but. A rise of another half degree will produce widespread human suffering, but we are on course for a catastrophic nearly 6 degree rise by 2100. Activists advocate the Green New Deal plan that cuts carbon emissions to zero through transition to an economy running on non-fossil energy. After expressing admiration, Cox adds that it won't work. As he writes, the assumption that "renewable energy coming on line each year will be matched by an equivalent amount of coal-, oil-, or gas-fired capacity going off line" is wrong. So far, it's mostly added to the total energy pool. It's imperative that we stop using fossil fuels and ditch our obsessions with economic growth, new technology, and quick-fix (and ineffective), market-oriented approaches such as carbon taxes. Cox proposes to ban all mining and extraction, possibly after nationalizing the fossil fuel industries. More realistic than the average activist, he points out that clean sources can’t replace these in the foreseeable future, so the world will have to get along with less energy. Since the poor benefit under the Green New Deal, the burden will fall on the wealthy and upper middle classes, whose standard of living may drop to that of Denmark or Switzerland, nations that use half the energy of the U.S. Cox’s audience, deeply worried about global warming, may protest that his prescriptions seem unrealistic as well as political poison. Anticipating this, he delivers a blunt rebuttal: "Weaning ourselves off high levels of energy use now is good practice for a future in which a weaning is going to happen, like it or not." Convincing, painful, and a long shot—but better than the alternative."

Feature on the LA Progressive
Apr 6, 2020

Essay on Counter Punch "Climbing the Deadly Curves of COVID-19 and Capitalism"
Mar 26, 2020

"A functional government in Washington, if we had one, could learn from this terrible episode that its primary goal can and must be to achieve economic sufficiency for all and excess for none while at the same time driving fossil-fuel extraction and use down to zero, by law and on a deadline. All of that will require redirecting the nation's resources away from wasteful and superfluous production toward ensuring economic security and good quality of life for the nation’s non-affluent majority."

Essay: "Peer Pressure? Too Little and Way Too Late for the Climate Emergency"
Mar 11, 2020