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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061172138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061172137
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Urgent, reasoned, and informative ... America had better listen up--this may be our last chance to stop global warming.” (James Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)

About the Author

Joseph Romm is the founder and executive director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions and a fellow at the Center for American Progress. Under President Clinton he was acting assistant secretary at the Department of Energy, heading the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The author of the award-winning The Hype About Hydrogen, he holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT and lives in Washington, D.C.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookcat on December 22, 2009
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Very informative, although already a little outdated, this book makes a clear case for the urgency of action to avert catastrophic climate change and explains factors which have kept most people confused about the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Troutt on July 29, 2011
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This a really a very good book - well written and factual. Its very clear the global warming is a very big problem NOW and its only going to get worse. And the steps laid out to deal with surviving global warming make good sense - its all stuff we could do now IF we had the will to do them.
And thats the rub. The US populace seems oblivious to the climate changes that are happening now to the point of being frankly delusional. And the time to starting making changes was yesterday. I fear that it is all too little, too late.
And thats what drives me crazy about the deniers - where do they think that we can go if they are wrong - and they are undoubtedly wrong.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2011
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Joseph Romm, who is an expert on energy (author of The Hype about Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate (2004), which I highly recommend), holds a PhD in physics with an emphasis on the physics of weather. Consequently he writes from a position of knowledge about climate change that few others can match. He is also politically savvy, having worked in the Department of Energy in the Clinton administration. His hair is on fire because the danger to the planet from global warming is frighteningly real, and it appears that nobody is going to do anything about it until it is too late.

Part I is devoted to both making it absolutely clear that global warming is caused by human activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels, while giving some considerable data on just what the consequences of global warming will be for the planet and in particular for the US. A number of meany-mouthed nay-sayers have suggested that a little warming won't be so bad, especially for the US. Romm lays this mythology into its grave by showing that the most recent scientific projections show that unchecked global warming will be a disaster for the US, inflicting enormous damage to our costal areas, burying much of Louisiana, Florida and other parts of the US under water, and creating dust bowl conditions in the Midwest far worse than experienced in the 1930s.

The real meat of this book however begins in Part II, "The Politics and the Solution," and in particular in Chapter 5, "How Climate Rhetoric Trumps Climate Reality."

Have you ever asked yourself why conservative politicians are in a state of denial about global warming? I have, and Romm is the first one to explain it to me. Simply put, "ideology trumps rationality.
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