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Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change [Kindle Edition]

L. Hunter Lovins , Boyd Cohen
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Book Description

Believe in climate change. Or don’t. It doesn’t matter.
But you’d better understand this: the best route to rebuilding our economy, our cities, and our job markets, as well as assuring national security, is doing precisely what you would do if you were scared to death about climate change. Whether you’re the head of a household or the CEO of a multinational corporation, embracing efficiency, innovation, renewables, carbon markets, and new technologies is the smartest decision you can make. It’s the most profitable, too. And, oh yes—you’ll help save the planet.
In Climate Capitalism, L. Hunter Lovins, coauthor of the bestselling Natural Capitalism, and the sustainability expert Boyd Cohen prove that the future of capitalism in a recession-riddled, carbon-constrained world will be built on innovations that cutting-edge leaders are bringing to the market today. These companies are creating jobs and driving innovation.
Climate Capitalism delivers hundreds of indepth case studies of international corporations, small businesses, NGOs, and municipalities to prove that energy efficiency and renewable resources are already driving prosperity. While highlighting business opportunities across a range of sectors—including energy, construction, transportation, and agriculture technologies—Lovins and Cohen also show why the ex–CIA director Jim Woolsey drives a solar-powered plugin hybrid vehicle. His bumper sticker says it all: “Osama bin Laden hates my car.”
Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and concerned citizens alike will find profitable ideas within these pages. In ten information-packed chapters, Climate Capitalism gives tangible examples of early adopters across the globe who see that the low-carbon economy leads to increased profits and economic growth. It offers a clear and concise road map to the new energy economy and a cooler planet.

Editorial Reviews


Climate Capitalism is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts, and corporations interested in capitalizing on the greatest wealth-creation opportunity of our lifetime: solving climate change.” —Jigar Shah, founder, SunEdison, and CEO, Carbon War Room
“If you wonder whether there is any hope of humankind’s dealing successfully with climate change, read this book. It is a virtual compendium of what is going on already from which to draw hope and, more important, inspiration.” —Ray Anderson, chairman and founder, Interface, Inc.
“Coping with climate change requires challenging conventional wisdom and showing where our interests—global, national, corporate, and personal—really lie. Climate Capitalism eloquently defines those interests and the role that market forces could and should play.” —Sir Crispin Tickell, chair emeritus, Climate Institute
“Should be on every CEO’s reading list and required in every corporate boardroom.” —Bill Becker, executive director, Presidential Climate Action Project
“Well supported with examples of real business practice.” —Ed Crooks, Financial Times
“In Climate Capitalism, L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen present in crisp, clear terms how smart economics hold the key to addressing the multiple crises—from financial to food, climate to resource scarcity—facing the world.” —Achim Steiner, executive director, United Nations Environment Programme
“The ultimate guide for business and government leaders who see the opportunities in our rapidly changing world but don’t yet know how to win.” —Will Semmes, former director, California Conservation Corps

About the Author

Named a Time magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and called by Newsweek “the green business icon,” L. Hunter Lovins is president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project. Her clients include large companies like Walmart; small companies like Clif Bar; the Pentagon; the United Nations; cities around the world; and the energy minister of Afghanistan, to name just a few. Boyd Cohen is CEO of CO2IMPACT and a former professor of sustainable entrepreneurship in Spain, Costa Rica, and Canada.

Product Details

  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008M3HY38
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457X8AI
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A graduates perspective.. June 5, 2011
This book is great in the sense that you don't have to rely on institutions of science, or the voices of sensationalized media in order to realize climate change is a reality. By showing that major corporations like Walmart and Apple, among many, many others, are actively engaged with sustainability and situating themselves with a competitive advantage for the future and simultaneously bolstering profits. While many modern industries remain skeptical of the cries of the coastal nations' leaders, the UN, president Obama, and the countless accredited universities that climate change is real and demands action now, others are planning to profit from it. No longer does the "green revolution" consist of tree huggers and hippies, its an inevitability and capitalists are no longer sitting on the sidelines they're situating themselves to make their fortunes. While Hunter Lovins's book Natural Capitalism (which she wrote with 4 other economists) was a NY Times best seller, this book is an even easier read, FILLED with academic citations, and give the reader insight into to trends the economy has, and is rapidly undergoing, in respect to this green revolution.

-A recent graduate at the University of Colorado, Boulder with degrees in Economics, Environmental Public Policy and Planning.

Enjoy a fantastic read, cheers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely follow-on to Natural Capitalism August 17, 2011
By puzzled
I have finished reading and enjoying Climate Capitalism the follow-on to Natural Capitalism which greatly changed our company when we read it back in 2000. Due to what must be Hunter Lovins' writing style, which is apparent in both books, the book is easy to read despite being dense with information. The book is a compendium of climate change concepts and is a source book of the latest efforts at conservation, mitigation of carbon dioxide release, renewable energy and adjustment to already occurring climate change. Like Natural Capitalism it strongly demonstrates the business model for change without relying on climate science. It does this across manufacturing, agriculture, shelter and transportation. The structure of the book was helpful in keeping the information organized. The final chapter, A Future That Works, is the most esoteric and the most interesting to me. It discusses the philosophical and economic underpinnings of the capitalist system and its interaction with the environment and human happiness. A high point of the chapter was the discussion of Adam Smith's last book: The Theory of Moral Sentiments. It would be hard to be or remain cynical after reading Climate Capitalism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Business case for looking at climate May 21, 2011
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This is a great book to introduce you to the many ways that a company can profit off of thinking about the climate. It doesn't make a case one way or the other on if climate change is real or not, just lays out the many ways that business can make money, while still doing the right thing. It is a great place to start if you are wondering if there is any reason a business should think about this or as a consumer for ways to look at a business you may or may not want to deal with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why this should be required reading for Congress June 22, 2011
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There is such a log-jam in Congress concerning the deficit in the budget, they should learn how to save money. Hunter Lovins does not mince words. She indicates how efficiency and conservation of energy in renovation of buildings and the need to design new buildings with these factors built in will be very cost-effective and will save dollars as well as energy. She then gets into the need to fabricate renewable energy and move the country away from all fossil fuel use asap. Why is the corporate world holding on to at least 2 trillion dollars without investing in these processes? Why is Congress not willing to tax the corporate world for this behavior? I am glad to have
purchased this book from Amazon and am sharing it with all my friends in the People for a Healthy Environment, Inc.
of which I am member.
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