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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; English Language edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603580050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603580052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this concisely written guide to common terms used in the global-warming conversation, Barnes uses short paragraphs and a question/answer format to discuss current U.S. climate policy, technology issues, and a vast number of solutions to the growing crisis. In general terms he lists who’s in favor of each option, who’s opposed, and the likely consequences of each side. Barnes also considers regulatory examples from several states that have gone beyond federal requirements, and looks to European successes and failures. He explains why a carbon tax has failed primarily due to industry lobbying, and devotes an entire chapter to carbon capping. This explores the option of “carbon border fees,” a solution to issues with countries such as China and India. Barnes’ guide will not provide nearly enough answers to anyone seriously investigating this issue, but it is a good starting point. And for those professing little or no knowledge on the subject, it is a very direct resource that will likely be much appreciated. Illustrated throughout with maps, pictures, and graphs. --Colleen Mondor

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"This citizen's guide demystifies climate policy so that you can play an active role in forming it. We can't wait any longer, and we can't get it wrong."--Bill McKibben, from the Foreword



"Peter Barnes is right. The best and most efficient way to reduce global warming isn't a cap-and-trade system that gives historic polluters free rights to pollute in the future, and it's not a carbon tax that hits poor and middle-income Americans especially hard. It's a cap-and-auction with dividends to all Americans. Read this useful guide and see why."--Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor



"Climate Solutionsis a simple guide to the big environmental policy decisions that are soon going to be made.... By reading these few pages, the average voter will be able to figure out what programs to support and what to fight against, instead of simply shrugging one's shoulders and hoping for the best."--Los Angeles Times "Emerald City" blog


More About the Author

Peter Barnes is an innovative thinker and entrepreneur whose work has focused on fixing the deep flaws of capitalism. He has written numerous books and articles, co-founded several socially responsible businesses (including Working Assets/Credo), and started a retreat for progressive thinkers and writers (The Mesa Refuge). He lives in Point Reyes Station, California, with his wife, dog and vegetable garden.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sandler on March 17, 2008
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Some people think that they are climate change experts after watching "An Inconvenient Truth." But really you're just watching the tip of the iceberg melt. The interesting part is debating solutions. But it gets complicated really fast. That's where this book comes in. What's an upstream cap? Where does the auction revenue come from? Why shouldn't we just do what Europe's doing? This is a short and accessible book, and it should be read by everyone, from housewives to U.S. Senators.
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The threat of global warming looms over us everyday and millions wonder why the government does nothing. "Climate Solutions: A Citizen's Guide" seeks to tackle these subjects thoroughly and effectively and outlines current bad climate policies and explains why they are in fact, labeled as bad. "Climate Solutions: A Citizen's Guide" strips the spin away and states in plain and simple English the meaning of all of this environmental jargon and lays out an effective plan to battle global warming alongside an efficient and fair economy. "Climate Solutions: A Citizen's Guide" is highly recommended to general interest readers with a care for the environment everywhere and for social issues community library collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Bernacchi on October 27, 2008
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I have purchased four copies of this text in the hopes that the public will lobby for a 2009 carbon-cap system. We need solutions now, and Barnes outlines some possible market solutions for capping carbon and trading it. His single-line arguments serve well in quotidian conversation, while parts of the text are available free online to share with others. However, this particular edition is concise, accurate and offers further education tools. I hope that those who have recieved this quick guide to carbon mitigation from me will pass it on, and that you will too, because we are the people Barnes dedicates the book to: "fellow owners of our one sky."
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By Victoria Klein on December 9, 2008
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With all the excitement of bringing your own bags to the grocery story, buying organic cotton clothing and carrying your own water bottle, it is easy to forget that the United States government does not have a plan in place for dealing with the main cause of climate change: carbon. After all the efforts we continue to put for in order to make out personal lives more green, how do we get companies to follow suit?

Establishing an effective and long-term plan for government sanctioned carbon reduction is the main subject of Peter Barnes' book, Climate Solutions: A Citizen's Guide - What Works, What Doesn't, and Why. Released at the beginning of 2008, Climate Solutions is a quick 93-page read (I finished it in a few hours). No punches are pulled as Barnes gives us the straight facts about the current state of our environment and the carbon reduction plans major corporations are rooting for. "This citizen's guide demystifies climate policy so that you can play an active role in forming it. We can't wait any longer, and we can't get it wrong," says Bill McKibben in the book's forward.

"On the surface, global warming appears to be an environmental problem. But deeper down, it's a result of two economic and political failures," says Barnes in the first chapter. Four different government tools are discussed in detail: taxes, caps, regulations and investments. After over 30 years in the green energy business, Barnes gets right to the point on each method's benefits and drawbacks. "In the end, we'll need a mix [of all four tools:], but before we make our brew we need to know the virtues and flaws of each," says Barnes.

After the overview, Barnes jumps headlong into an explanation of why a carbon cap-and-dividend plan is the best bet for the planet and its inhabitants.
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The concise books allows anyone to understand the ins and outs of climate policy. I highly recommend it.
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