Watch Stephen Colbert and Naomi Klein debate capitalism, climate change and Canada

The author of "This Changes Everything" argues that abandoning capitalism is the only way to save the planet

By Joanna Rothkopf

Published September 24, 2014 2:03PM (EDT)

    (Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

On Tuesday's edition of "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert interviewed Naomi Klein, author of the book "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate," about her book, capitalism's incompatibility with environmentalism and the People's Climate March. Obviously, Klein and Colbert's worldviews don't exactly match up.

"Capitalism is a machine based on short-term profit and growth and the climate needs us to contract," said Klein. "So you have this tension between a system that needs to grow, grow, grow indiscriminately, and a planet going, 'Guys, I have had it.'"

Colbert spouts conservative rhetoric at Klein: "It's all cyclical, it's all cyclical, though! Right now we're going through a cycle --"

"That keeps breaking every heat record ever."

"Well, we're peaking. We're peaking in the cycle."

Watch the clip below.


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