Journalist Ross Gelbspan’s new book, Boiling Point (out in late July from Basic Books), reveals how politicians, big oil and coal, the media, and. Revisiting the consensus on global warming (The Heat Is On, ), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gelbspan finds the US strangely at odds. But Ross Gelbspan is no slave to fashion. The beauty of his book Boiling Point is how it reminds us that scientific facts are inescapable, even.
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When previous Bush administration efforts failed to discount and discard the document, the politically conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is partly funded by ExxonMobil, sued the White House Council on Environmental Quality to remove the National Assessment from circulation.
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Indeed, what began as an initial response of many institutions — denial and delay — has now grown into a crime against humanity. Journalists, he says, are culpable because they are minimizing the story; activists, while well-meaning, are so busy trying to form alliances and make compromises that they lose sight of a problem that Gelbspan believes could ultimately compromise the planet.
Markets don’t know what the safe limit on emissions is—governments have to decide that, guided by science. In the second half, after criticizing gelbspwn environmental gestures and proposed free-market solutions as insufficient, Gelbspan presents his proposals for separating civilization from its hydrocarbon appetite.
A country like China has done more, gelvspan my opinion, than a country like the United States to move forward in economic development while remaining environmentally sensitive.
Who’s to Blame for Global Warming? This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat New Year, New U-Lock. ExxonMobil achieved an even greater success in directing Bush administration climate change diplomacy. That’s closer to a truth biling can last than what we’ve got now. Publisher’s Weekly Review Gelbspan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, offers no less than a call to arms in this treatise on how global warming is a threat and how it can be avoided. Gelbspan is an articulate, informed writer who presents compelling, eloquent arguments for action to reduce emission of radiatively active greenhouse gases.
KC Golden is policy director for Climate Solutions, www.
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There are some beneficiaries: Library Locations and Hours. On May 17,when the Cheney task force unveiled its new energy goiling, it not only called for an expanded role for nuclear power and the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, but for the construction of between 1, and 1, new power plants, most of them powered by coal. Our fossil fuels have brought us to a level of abundance gelsbpan prosperity that was unimaginable a century ago.
Ross is merciless about the urgency of the science of global warming. Review by KC Golden. If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other issue facing us today. But poijt times, he adopts an apocalyptic tone-the first sentence of his first chapter contains the words, “global climate change is threatening to spiral out of control”-and that may limit this work to true believers. He pounds on political corruption, journalistic laziness, and activists’ incrementalism for reinforcing the cycle of denial that prevents an appropriately scaled response to climate disruption.
Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. The industry-driven campaign goes far beyond traditional public relations spin. Denouncing the oil and coal industries as criminals poibt humanity, Gelbspan justifies his use of that label by communicating his sincere belief that human civilization is in mortal boliing from global warming.
By adopting scientifically responsible emission piont and markets for trading emission rights within those limits, government can pull private investment away from the problem and direct it toward solutions. When Bush withdrew the U. Bythat share shrank to 22 percent — despite the advent of far more conclusive science, belbspan human-caused global warming. British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists.
Bill McKibben wrote “Until you’ve read this book, you’re ill-equipped to think about the planet’s future. It contains no figures and could benefit from a more detailed and comprehensive bibliography, but it is very accessible and has a detailed index. Gelbspan expands the argument about global warming: It has led to the capture of the White House, to gross distortions of science and truth, rss to the corporate dictation of public policy.
We have to change what’s possible.
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That begs the question, how do we upend our political dynamics? If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other issue facing us today.
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