In a recent podcast, Daniel Young of KNYO community radio in Northern California interviewed Green Social Thought's Don Fitz and Stan Cox about the Green New Deal.
The following, from Young's blog, includes a link to the audio:
For many years, Fitz, Cox, and GST have advocated that solving not just global warming but other major environmental crises will require an overall reduction in the size of economy and industrial production. Now they are concerned that the Green New Deal recently introduced in the U.S. Congress is premised on major EXPANSION of industry and the economy.
Fitz and Cox feel that this so-called “green growth” would be unlikely to stop global warming, and would only worsen numerous other global environmental crises. Though they support a rapid changeover to renewable energy coupled with economically egalitarian reforms, they believe this needs to come along with a major reduction in industrial production. Some of the potential changes they talk about include a shorter work week, and new regulations aimed at guaranteeing higher quality products and eliminating planned obsolescence, the process of manufacturing consumer items with the intention that they will quickly break and need to be replaced.