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Straight Up: America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions Paperback

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597267163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597267168
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I trust Joe Romm on climate.”
(Paul Krugman New York Times)

“America’s fiercest climate-change activist-blogger” and one of “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”
(Rolling Stone)

“One of the most influential energy and environmental policy makers in the Obama era”
(U.S. News & World Report)

“The indispensable blog”
(Thomas Friedman New York Times)

"Important...I recommend you read this book."
(Al Gore Huffington Post)

"Romm’s forceful, impassioned blogging — and his book publishing — are a shining light...Simply put, if the ‘nation’ would read Straight Up and follow Romm’s prescriptions, we would find ourselves moving away from decline into a new era of prosperity."
(Get Energy Smart)

"A stiff drink of a book..In Straight Up: America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions, Romm distills his best work from the blog and honestly describes the catastrophic path humanity is on — and the clean energy solutions that offer hope for survival."
(Wonk Room)

"If you want to be culturally literate about climate change… you must read… Straight Up… presented so accessibly that even veterans of [ClimateProgress.org] will find it informative. No one in the public eye understands climate change, its solutions and its detractors better than Romm."
(Change.org)

“The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger” and “Hero of the Environment 2009”
(Time)

About the Author

Joseph J. Romm is a climate expert, physicist, energy consultant, and author. He is executive director and founder of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions; principal of the Capital E Group; fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. His previous books include Hell and High Water, The Hype About Hydrogen, and Cool Companies. He writes the blog ClimateProgress.org.


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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Charles Morgan on April 20, 2010
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In the footsteps of George Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant, about GOP language games and how to counter them, Jospeh Romm shows us how to use the Ancient Greek art of rhetoric to debunk the complete irrationality coming out of the GOP today, as regards the urgency of fixing climate change, which does not necessarily mean "hotter everywhere all the time", but certainly does mean new and dangerous extremes in weather. Don't tell me you haven't experienced some of it in the last few years.

Republicans have successfully sown a lot of uncertainty, recently, that the planet's warming is man-made. Here Romm debunks climate-change deniers like Bjorn Lomborg and Sarah Palin, and shows you how to do it, too; although mostly it is directed at scientists who know the evidence intimately, which to be fair is not all of us.

Joe is a trained climate physicist from MIT who served in the Clinton administration
as assistant deputy energy secretary and has also written many books. He spent some years showing companies how they could retrofit their companies(or, I think, build new ones) to be more energy efficient and in every case they took a profit in doing so! We do want to give credit to those in business, some among the GOP, who understand the need for clean energy.

In this book, Romm has married both arts of science and fine writing.

The intro refers back to George Orwell's Essays on Politics and the English Language,
particularly the chapter, "Why I Write". Joe calls his "Why I blog." Kudos to him for opening completely to readers about his motivations so you know exactly where he's coming from and that his not just a political axe to grind. Climate Change, as he says, is a bipartisan issue.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By N. Berini on April 16, 2010
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If you haven't bought or read Straight Up, please do so immediately. Joe Romm has an amazing ability to stay fact-driven and optimistic even as the anti-science ideologues become even more entrenched. It is this passionate science-based activism (and similar efforts by so many others) that may preserve a livable climate for our children and grandchildren.

My favorite aspect of the book is Romm's dedication to realism and honesty. Romm states, "Affection for the planet is unrequited. We need to focus on saving ourselves." By separating himself and climate-change from traditional environmentalism, Romm is able to focus on the true challenge: preserving a livable climate for humans. Combined with the "why I blog" section of the book, Romm makes it clear that he and many other Climate-change activists are not driven by an environmental or liberal idealism, but rather the rational and science-based understanding of the consequences of business-as-usual (i.e. worst-case-scenario.) We can only hope this kind of inspection of both the science and the solutions (and the barriers to each) will become more pervasive, and finally transform the undeserved perception of "alarmism."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allen J. Thoma on October 31, 2010
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If there is one book to read this year, this is the one. The most important issue for humankind to address is GLOBAL WARMING. This book by a scientist cuts through the disinformation and gets to the true facts surrounding global warming and lays out the stark reality facing our children and grandchildren. Rather than being a constant downer this book provides hope, but only if we get action now! A must read.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Alan Rosenblatt on April 21, 2010
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Between climate deniers who will stretch the truth so far out of whack to kill any effort to reduce greenhouse gases, to the media who constantly demonstrate incompetence when covering climate change, Straight Up is a welcome relief. Joe Romm brings a strong scientific background in climate change research to bear on the efforts by the right to mislead the public into doing nothing to stop the most serious threat to our ability to survive as a species. And he provides an equally compelling critique of the ineptitude among members of the media to accurately report the reality that climate change is caused by humans.

Joe Romm addresses every issue of contention with clarity and a facts.

Drawn from the most influential climate change blog around ([...]), Straight Up gives you the real deal. It is both scientifically grounded and easily accessible. Straight Up is a must read for anyone that wants to be serious about learning the facts related to climate change.
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