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Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal Paperback – December 7, 2009

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Climate Hope is a testimony to the fighting spirit of citizens across America who are working to oppose new coal-fired power plants and mountaintop removal mines. With coal so pivotal to climate change, I hope the book will bring more attention to this growing grassroots movement, which is playing a vital role in defending our home planet and our grandchildren's future. --Dr. James Hansen

In a few years, the backlash against coal power in America has become the country s biggest-ever environmental campaign, transforming the nation s awareness of climate change and inspiring political leaders to take firmer action after years of doubt and delay. Plants have been defeated in at least 30 of the 50 states, uniting those with already strong environmental records, such as California, with more conservative areas, such as the southern and central states. --Juliette Jowit, Manchester Guardian

One of the amazing brains and strategists behind the anti-coal movement, CoalSwarm director Ted Nace has written a powerful chronicle of the grassroots movements to stop the construction of coal-fired plants, and halt mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia. CoalSwarm is one of the great engines of information; Nace's book is a stunning tribute to the citizen movements afoot that will ultimately push our country to a coal free future. --Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post

About the Author

Ted Nace is the director of CoalSwarm.org, a collaborative information clearinghouse on coal. He founded Peachpit, the world's leading publisher of books on digital graphics and desktop publishing. His previous books include Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy (Berrett-Koehler, 2003, 2005).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CoalSwarm (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615314384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615314389
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,104,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Nace grew up in California and North Dakota. He earned a bachelor's degree at Stanford University and a master's degree at UC Berkeley. He worked as a consultant to the Environmental Defense Fund and as staff director of the Dakota Resource Council. Returning to the Bay Area, he worked as an editor at PC World magazine and as a columnist for Publish! and Computer Currents magazines. Together with Michael Gardner, he founded the computer book publishing company Peachpit Press in 1985 and served as publisher until 1996, when he and the other owners sold Peachpit to Pearson Plc. In 2007 he founded CoalSwarm, a collaborative information clearinghouse on U.S. and international coal mines, plants, companies, politics, impacts, and alternatives. In addition to several computer how-to books, Nace is the author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy (Berrett-Koehler, 2003, 2005) and Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal (CoalSwarm, 2010). He can be reached at ted@tednace.com.

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For people who care about our children's future, and the future of our planet for that matter, Ted Nace has written a very personal and informative narrative explaining why ending coal emissions is "the 80% solution" to solving our climate crisis. Beyond that, it gives hope by sharing positive examples of people who have mobilized to stop new coal plants, and encourages the rest of us to be part of the swarm for ongoing education about this crucial topic. A wonderful gift for the New Year!
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In this deeply compelling and hopeful report from the front lines of the climate fight, Ted Nace demonstrates how individuals, and small groups of conscientious Americans, are winning, and altering the course of human history. With over 100 coal plants now blocked, the growing grassroots climate movement has the coal industry on its heels. This book is a must-read for anyone needing a boost of hope in these challenging times. Beyond being deeply inspiring, "Climate Hope" is well-researched, well-written and enjoyable to read.
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I read Climate Hope in two sittings - its an important book which documents the fast-growing citizens movement against coal and fossil fuels. Since the mainstream media doesnt seem to get it, Ted Nace's book (and his CoalSwarm wiki) is an excellent source that proves that citizens are engaged and taking action, even though our government seems to be dithering. Well-written and timely, highly recommended.
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Few people know about the work of numerous communities across the U.S. who have been challenging the building of new coal plants, nor how successful they have been. This book tells us about them, and also looks into broader issues around energy and climate like the institutions that finance coal plants, China and coal, and the future of renewables. Required reading for anyone interested in coal and climate change.
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