*Starred Review* Had they been told in 1970 that 40 years later the U.S. still would not have a cohesive climate policy, the observers of the first Earth Day would have recoiled in disbelief. Yet while administration after administration has either tried and failed to enact legislation, or worse yet, hasn't seen the need for such regulation in the first place, the world has spun inexorably closer to environmental disaster. Of course, the denialosphere sees it differently, and therein lies the crux of Pooley's engrossing behind-the-scenes exposé of the multifactioned confrontation over climate. With hot air spewing from special interest groups like so much smog over Los Angeles, and a contentious political firestorm burning like the once toxic Cuyahoga River, blistering hypocrisy and blustering hyperbole pit dedicated enviros against dithering politicians to the point of mind-numbing inertia. As he parses the ecology-versus-economy debate waged in Capitol Hill back rooms and Wall Street boardrooms, Pooley peppers his meticulously researched insider account with aha! moments of revelation and populates it with a Machiavellian cast of characters. Accomplishing the impossible, Pooley makes policymaking fascinating, if frustrating. --Carol Haggas
About the Author
is a well-known expert on climate politics. A contributor to Time
and other magazines, he has served as managing editor of Fortune,
editor of Time Europe,
and national editor and chief political correspondent of Time.
He has written Time
cover profiles of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George W. Bush, Kenneth Starr, Rudolph Giuliani, and Rupert Murdoch, among many others. In 1996, as Time
's White House correspondent, his coverage of the Clinton re-election campaign received the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. He co-edited Time'
s National Magazine Award-winning special issue on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and he has also been a finalist for National Magazine Awards as both an editor and writer. In 2008 he was a Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he studied press coverage of the climate crisis, and he has appeared as an expert commentator on Nightline, Charlie Rose, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, PBS Frontline, Anderson Cooper 360
, All Things Considered
, and many other programs.