Last night I attended the launch of Ben McNeil's new book, The Clean Industrial Revolution. I spoke to Ben a little while back in Episode 103 about climate change science and policy. Ben's background is in the science of climate change, and over the last few years he has moved from what he describes as the "diagnosis" of climate change into the "cure". The book is about how a new clean industrial revolution will not only go a long way to solving our climate change problems, but also boost economic prosperity.
Ben's argument is that economic opportunities will open up if Australia leads the clean industrial revolution, as investing in, commercialising and exporting new fuels, materials and technologies will secure Australia’s economic future. This road will make money as well as securing environmental sustainability.Naturally enough I haven't had the chance to read the book yet, as it only came out last night, but Ben did sign it for me!
You can read Hewson's position in his article A Carbon Economy, and The Clean Industrial Revolution is published by Allen and Unwin. Hopefully we'll get Ben on the show again and chat about his book - unfortunately last time the book was still embargoed. Ben described that interview as "his favourite to date", which is very cool!