Book Review: This Changes Everything Essay

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Book Review: This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein, published: Sept. 2014

Summarize the book. What is being discussed?
Rob Nixon of the New York Times called Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything:
Capitalism vs. the Climate” “a book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable.[1]” Naomi Klein researches the impact of Climate change and its relationship with free market capitalism. She discusses capitalism as failed economic system. She goes into great depth on the subject of resource extraction, pollution and the events of surrounding the affected communities in these regions across the world. However, rather than concluding that things are hopeless Naomi Klein argues that: We can build something better and
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Otherwise those individual actions, though important cannot reduce consumption by the cutbacks needed. When a government is standing by or worse; giving permits and subsidies to large gas and oil companies to extract difficult to get to and dirty energy those individual efforts do not add up.
Her third argument is that technological escape fantasies forestall the real solution of hard nontechnical work of changing human behaviour. Specifically, our economic framework and the behaviour it spawns.
a. How well are these arguments or claims described? Are they clear and logical?
b. How has the author(s) supported these arguments or claims? Statistics? Interviews?
c. Do you agree with these arguments or claims?

Naomi Klein sources multiple uncontroversial facts about climate change, her thoughts are well laid out and follow a logical progression of empirical evidence and conclusion. Naomi Klein backs up her claims with citable sources and pages upon pages of reputable references and major published works, peer reviewed studies. The book has 887 endnotes, here are a few on her first argument about climate change: [2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

III. Describe the roles culture and society play within the book.
There is a dichotomy that exists in this story between the native people of Alberta Canada and the role that big resource extraction companies play in the Alberta Tar Sands. Often the indigenous communities around the world, not just Canada, are told

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