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A Green Economy: The Keynesian Target To Tackle Alternative Energy

November 30, 2009

Crunch Time: 25 November 2009






Paul Barclay

The ideas of economist John Maynard Keynes have been used to help Australia recover from the global financial crisis, but could a ‘green’ version of Keynesian economics be the key to cutting carbon emissions and shifting to renewable energy? Author and former diplomat Tony Kevin thinks so. He talks with Paul Barclay about his new book Crunch Time.



Tony Kevin
Author of Crunch Time, Former diplomat (formerly Australia’s ambassador to Poland and Cambodia), Honorary visiting fellow at the Australian National University. Other books include A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X and Walking the Camino: a modern pilgrimage to Santiago.


Title: Crunch Time
Author: Tony Kevin
Publisher: Scribe


Paul Barclay


Paul Barclay

2 Comments leave one →
  1. tony kevin permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:23 am

    It is an honour to be noted on this US website. This extended conversation took place in Brisbane, Australia, 12 days ago, and was broadcast around Australia on the Radiofora program on the ABC Radio National (national public radio) a week later. Some of the discussion compares the relative performance on climate change policy of Kevin Rudd the Australian Prime Minister and President Obama. The latter comes out well ahead. But all is not lost in Australia. Currently there is an organised last-ditch effort by denialists to derail what had been an agreed parliamentary consensus for an, admittedly weak and inadequate, ETS. It seems as I write this that that ETS may still survive, while a brave opposition party leader Malcolm Turnbull may go down as a martyr to its passage, so much fury having been generated within his conservative party over his challenge to the denialists and the carbon lobby. Americans ought to keep a eye on what in happening in Australia. Like Canada, it is a vulnerable resource-based economy and society, whose politicians denialists try to target, to try to create policy precedents for the USA. My new book ‘Crunch Time’ [Scribe Publications, Melbourne, September 2009] is a primer to the Australian climate change scene, in all its dimensions.

  2. John permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:12 am

    Great discussion! I’ll have to check out “Crunch Time”, and look into your work Tony.

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