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Clean Energy Common Sense: An American Call to Action on Global Climate Change Paperback – November 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publisher (November 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144220317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442203174
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are people of good will who hear claims on both sides of the climate change debate and aren't sure what to believe. If that feels familiar, this little book is for you. There are those who want what's best for the future generations, for our environment and for our country, yet worry that our politicians might not get this right. If you're nodding your head, this book is for you. And there are people who care deeply about our common future and just don't see climate change as a priority. If that resonates, this book is for you too, perhaps especially for you. (Robert Redford, actor and director; trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council)

About the Author

Frances Beinecke is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan international environmental advocacy organization with 1.3 million members. She resides in New York City. Bob Deans, N.R.D.C.'s Federal Communications Director, is a long-time Washington, D.C. journalist and the author of The River Where America Began: A Journey along the James. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Customer Reviews

Easy to read and understand.
Anne
The book is awesome, makes you think about the damage WE are doing to the environment but leaves you with an inkling of what WE can do to make a difference.
V. LaHart
On first reading, I was so inspired and impressed that I purchased a dozen copies for holiday gifts.
Rebecca Leo, author of The Flaws That Bind

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Stefania on November 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This lively, well-written primer is a must for anyone who wants to understand the facts about climate change. As up-to-date as this morning's headlines, it pulls together all the current research so that readers can make up their own minds. If an informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny (as somebody said, or should have), then the $9.95 invested in this book will be a lot more efficient than the Pentagon budget.

Stefania
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Goldstone on November 10, 2009
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This is easily the best book I have read on the topic of climate change. The narrative is compelling and reads easily, but the concepts presented are some of the most important and complex of our time. Beinecke provides a clear and concise presentation of facts that will affect not just our children's and their children's world, but the world we live in today. Bravo!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Hinerfeld on November 10, 2009
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Clean Energy Common Sense is fantastic. It distills the latest science, the best informed analysis, and the most thoughtful predictions into a brisk essay that actually leaves one feeling hopeful about the future and inspired to act. Beinecke and Deans don't pull punches about the grim prospects that await us if we continue to dither. But they layout a clear roadmap that we can use to navigate toward a clean energy future if, collectively, we can only summon the political will. And this book should go a long way toward creating that political will. I highly recommend Clean Energy Common Sense to anyone who wants to participate in solving the great challenge of our generation.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stefan G. Konstantopoulos on December 11, 2009
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Frances Beinecke hits a home run with this book!! At a time of great confusion over climate change, Beinecke states the facts in a "cut n' dry" manner! She gets right to the point and speaks in a way that any, who are interested in their world, can easily understand. I can't imagine a more important or more timely book! A concerning, wonderful and positive read! The book does not sling mud at or paint any political base with the usual arrogant paint brushes we're used to. A huge plus! It's a call to action for all of us...no matter who we are. Thanks, Ms. Beinecke!
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I echo the other reviews. This is a must read for everyone. The clarity of the writing makes concepts easy to understand. It is extremely well-researched and nonpartisan, citing facts from governmental (Pentagon, Forest Service, etc etc) and "mainstream" sources as well as climate change studies. Answers the "objections" of those opposing climate change legislation. Please read this and then contact your legislators. I am planning to give copies to my Senators and Congressman.
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This little book far exceeded my expectations - thank you Frances.
Catherine H. Chase Peters
(daughter of Sherry Chase, Founder of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development)
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This little book, written in the spirit of Thomas Paine's 18th century "Common Sense," is no less important than its predecessor which culminated in the "Declaration of Independence." The present danger to the continuation of human life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on this planet is greater and more threatened than ever before. Rather than surrender to despair, Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, provides a comprehensive review of how human activity is destroying the planet which sustains us, and she offers a plan for how America could "become the worldwide winner in the next great global industry: green technologies."

On first reading, I was so inspired and impressed that I purchased a dozen copies for holiday gifts. All the governmental bickering over budgets is a distraction from the real issues threatening not only our security, but the survival of our species.

To find information and inspiration on what we can and must do, read this book.
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By Marie Maschal on December 14, 2009
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Covers the topic of Global Climate very well, easy to read, concise and is a good book to loan to friends and family.
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