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Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled a Climate Crisis--And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster Paperback – November 8, 2005
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Very important reading.
I predict that Ross Gelbspan too will survive such assaults. Like Carson, he is a journalist who writes with passion but also with full documentation.
Even today, there are scientists who deny that DDT poses environmental problems. The same will likely be true of global warming: there will always be deniers. But reviewers like "Chaxford" mischaracterize the nature of the debate within the scientific community. For example, the Harvard-Smithsonian study, which he cites as an example of mainstream science undermining the human-driven global warming hypothesis, does nothing of the sort. That study merely documents that non-human global warming has occurred before -- hardly a surprising fact! (...)Or Google on the title: "Reconstructing Climatic and Environmental Changes of the Past 1000 Years: A Reappraisal."
Those interested in the true nature of the debate should also read another source mentioned by "Claxford," NASA's James Hansen (note: not Hanson), rather than accepting at face value Claxford's characterization of Hansen. Hansen does suggest a somewhat different approach than Gelbspan -- and yes, he has been criticized by "political types." But Hansen is hardly in the camp of the deniers. (...)
Or Google on the title of the article: "Can We Defuse the Global Warming Time Bomb?Read more ›
According to Gelbspan, an overwhelming majority of scientists around the world agree that the world must reduce carbon emissions by some 70%! And we have less than two decades to get the job done. Obviously, there are major obstacles everywhere, not the least of which is the Bush administration who is clearly in the hip pocket of the oil and coal industry. In fact, less than two months after his inauguration, the President broke a campaign promise and stated that he would no longer seek to regulate power plant emissions. And throughout the remainder of his first term the President fought any kind of regulation on the energy industry tooth and nail. The author quotes longtime Bush supporter Robert Luft, President of Entergy Corp who flatly states "Still, I cannot express my frustration with his performance in this area...Make no mistake.Read more ›
1. Why would the American oil and coal industries overwhelmingly finance the minority of climatologists who hold the "contrarian" view that mankind's contribution to global warming is negligible? If they are truly concerned about the objectivity of their science, why don't they equally finance those climatologists who represent the majority view? Why aren't Americans taking the oil and coal industries to task for their socially irresponsible lack of objectivity.
2. Yes, read the scientific literature, as "Boiling Point"s handful of critics say. That is exactly what the author recommends! Reasonable people will probably reach the same conclusion that the author has: If the majority of climatologists believe that manmade emissions are contributing significantly to global warming, then why would America's political leaders bury their collective heads in the sand and pray that the contrarians are right and the majority wrong? Wouldn't prudence suggest that we should play it safe and do what we can to reduce potentially harmful manmade emissions?
There are thirty pages of notes at the end of the book for anyone interested in the scientific literature that underpins the author's points. Don't fall into the mindless, do-nothing trap of the nay-sayers, and use as an excuse "Well, there is always scientific controversy, and the majority is not always right." That is the refuge of buffoons. We cannot afford to gamble that perhaps the minority view is correct.
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Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan: This book goes into detail about the rapid changes that world climate is going though now and how at each stage of change, new changes will occur... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Gene W. Devaux
The author has written a book describing thoroughly the situation we face today: the climate crisis is upon us and nothing is happening to solve it, or at least limit its impacts... Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by NukyDoky
Heard this author on University at Buffalo's WBFO radio station. Borrowed from library, now have my own copy at amazingly low price. Read morePublished on November 2, 2009 by David A. Gaeddert
Boiling Point, written by a journalist who has studied the issue of global warming as deeply as the most dedicated scientist, spares no one in his indictment of the parties... Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Glenn Gallagher
Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point covers an extremely important topic, global warming. Unfortunately, this book is an extremely dry read.Published on November 5, 2007 by Mackerel Bob
Better than your usual global warming book..and there a lot of good ones..(this is one of my favorite genres so to speak). Yes..this is a little more interesting. Read morePublished on October 23, 2006 by Tunnelpet
Gelbspan argues convincingly that we are all aparticipants in our environmental well-being and that the changes wrought are just beginning to be felt. Read morePublished on February 11, 2006 by Nowayjose
Gelbspan is angry. His wrath is prominent on nearly every page of this stimulating work. He's irate because he's convinced climate change looms as a threat to our planet. Read morePublished on February 5, 2006 by Stephen A. Haines
"It is an excruciating experience to watch the planet fall apart piece by piece in the face of persistent and pathological denial. Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by Loyd Eskildson