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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It has led to the capture of the White House, to gross distortions of science and truth, and to the corporate dictation of public policy.
And visions can become futures. In the second half, after criticizing local environmental gestures and proposed free-market solutions as insufficient, Gelbspan presents his proposals for separating civilization from its hydrocarbon appetite.
That begs the question, how do we upend our political dynamics? If temperatures climb as projected, then the corrupt policies embraced by U. The book ends in a rhapsody on how rising to the climate challenge can fundamentally change the human prospect: Prior to his involvement in the climate issue, Gelbspan worked as an editor and reporter at a number of newspapers, including The Philadelphia BulletinThe Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
An excerpt from Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan
When Bush withdrew the U. Here’s why gelvspan activists sometimes don’t want to get up in the morning: Ross steps up to the plate with his own big proposal, the World Energy Modernization Plan.
Browse titles from Basic Books. In Boiling PointRoss Gelbspan reveals exactly how the fossil fuel industry is directing the Bush administration’s energy and climate policies.
Keep up-to-date with NHBS products, news and offers. There was an error while adding the following items. However, the specifics of these measures are omitted and the author largely ignores existing efforts in these areas. Library Locations and Hours. The following items were successfully added. Apologists for the administration have justified its climate policies by citing politically conservative principles — the withdrawal of onerous regulations, a belief in unencumbered free markets, and the appeal of corporate voluntarism.
Preface to the Paperback Edition p. Under the administration of George W. He covered the U. While it’s tempting to think that one universal solution set will emerge, I suspect we’ll have to muddle along, cherry-picking the best of various approaches and cobbling them together.
BOILING POINT by Ross Gelbspan | Kirkus Reviews
That’s closer to a truth that can last than what we’ve got now. Booklist Review Denouncing the oil and coal industries as criminals against humanity, Gelbspan justifies his use of that label by communicating his sincere belief that human civilization is in mortal peril from global warming.
KC Golden is policy director for Climate Solutions, www.
Yet he recognizes that the American public is not as alarmed as he is, so the first half of his work dissects the forces he alleges are keeping Americans in ignorant thrall. The best antidote to denial is action. If ExxonMobil is your enemy, Gelbspan is your champion. Click to have a closer look. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.
Who’s to Blame for Global Warming? The National Assessment details a range of anticipated, mostly harmful, impacts across U. Denouncing the oil and coal industries as criminals against humanity, Gelbspan justifies his use of that label by communicating his sincere belief that human civilization is in mortal peril from global warming. Yes, we should be thinking big. Bush, the White House has become the East Coast branch office of ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, and climate change has become the preeminent case study of the contamination of our political system by money.
It would create millions of jobs and raise living standards in poor countries whose populations are affected by climate-driven disease epidemics and whose borders are overrun by environmental refugees. Inhofe received double the campaign contributions from energy companies during the election than from any other business sector.
Markets don’t know what the safe limit on emissions is—governments have to decide that, guided by science. In Novemberin an effort to improve its environmental image, ExxonMobil trumpeted its investment in hydrogen fuel research. Even other international energy giants, such as Royal Dutch Shell and British Petroleum, Gelbspan offers, have acknowledged that human factors contribute to global warming and its effects are already with us.
Summary If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other issue facing us today. It would dramatically reduce our reliance on oil, and with it our exposure to instability in the Middle East. Indeed, what began as an initial response of many institutions — denial and delay — has now grown into a crime against humanity.
It would dramatically reduce our reliance on oil, and with it our exposure to instability in the Middle East. In Boiling PointRoss Gelbspan reveals exactly how the fossil fuel industry is directing the Bush administration’s energy and climate policies.
It also pits the fossil fuel industry-dominated Bush administration against the rest of the world. Both researchers had previously contended that the recent warming was due, almost entirely, to solar variations — a finding long since disproved by peer-reviewed scientific studies.
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