Ten years after the financial crash of 2008, the economy is humming along, with steady growth and rising employment. Yet that crisis continues to shape our world, particularly with the rise of right-wing populism and the ever-worsening climate crisis. Jill Lepore, Adam Davidson, and George Packer talk with David Remnick about how we got here. Two Florida real-estate experts explain why short-term thinking rules the day, Eliza Griswold dives into the fuzzy math of fracking, and the former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson explains why he embraced a carbon tax.
Adam Davidson Revisits the 2008 Financial Crash with Hank Paulson, Who Was on the Front Line Against Disaster
Paulson, the former Treasury Secretary under President George W. Bush, explains how he became an advocate for sustainable growth.
From Underwater Mortgages to Underwater Buildings
The 2008 financial crisis hit Florida hard, but climate change will hit some waterfront areas even harder.
After the 2008 Financial Crisis, the Economy Was Fracked Up
The Obama Administration’s stimulus bill was supposed to fuel a green-energy sector. Instead, Eliza Griswold explains, it led to a boom in the highly controversial industry of fracking.
George Packer, Adam Davidson, and Jill Lepore on Short-Term Thinking in America
Three New Yorker writers discuss why the climate crisis is so hard for our democracy to address.
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