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The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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The only thing that has become more certain over time is the science behind climate change. Pooley's writing offers a nuanced and multifaceted read on the policy and public relations strategy. This writing will only become more important now, as the political branches, polarized news media, corporations, and general public gear up for another ridiculously theatrical fight over climate policy. Perhaps most useful is Pooley's historiography on the practice from environmental economics known as Cap and Trade. Pooley shows how Cap and Trade has been used in the past to resolve battles over acid rain, and lets some of the hot air out of the arguments of some on the right who suggest that C&T is a tax (it's not) and that it is designed to singlehandedly destroy the economy (the exact opposite is true).
The book does a great job of recognizing climate change as a truly non-partisan issue. Pooley gives time to the failures and successes of both Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, lefty environmentalists and righty libertarians. Pooley makes heroes of those who seek to reconcile views, and base solutions on strong science and economics. The only villains in this story are those "Deniers," fundamentalists who, like those who denied the link between tobacco and cancer, have failed to present a logically or scientifically consistent point of view, and instead, have manipulated public opinion to block progress at any cost.
The title of the book is a little misleading. The book really doesn't go back very far in "the climate war", only covers the United States, and covers very little of the rest of the world. The title of the book should have been "How the 2009 American Climate Bill was Defeated". That's what the whole book is about. As such, it is a bit depressing for those of us who think something should be done at the national level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sooner rather than later. Admittedly, when the author started writing the book, he thought it would have a different ending, one in which a meaningful climate bill was successfully passed. However, because no such bill looks feasible currently (2010); the effect of reading the book is to be reminded just how powerful the coal and petrochemical industries really are. I sincerely hope this last statement becomes out-dated soon.
The book gets a maximum 5 of 5 stars for its depth and effort, and from what I can tell, extreme accuracy and fair reporting of climate change politics in America. Having said that, it's not perfect.Read more ›
Other parts of the book are less interesting. It is a bit too wordy in parts, and there is some minor sloppy editing. Admittedly the book feels incomplete, but that's because the U.S. still (as of the book's publishing a year and a half ago and as I write this in late 2011) hasn't passed any climate legislation. For that same reason, the book is not outdated; nothing has happened since the book was published. It's by no means impartial, and it will probably be off-putting to both the climate-deniers on the right and the far-left anti-cap-and-trade enviros. But the author is with those who are right, and it's a great expose of the fight and unfortunately the failure (so far).
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A really fantastic account of the effort to put a price on carbon up through the Copenhagen summit in 2009. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jesse
Terrific book. Incredible research. How Pooley was able collect such a treasure trove of insights into the origins of the climate battle is mind boggling. Read morePublished 20 months ago by T. Todd Elvins
This book is very interesting if you come from a policy-wonk predisposition. If that's not you then you should not pick up this book under the false pretense it's going to give you... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by David Dickey
This short review does not do this book justice; The other positive reviews say it well. This is a riveting (and yes, long and detailed) book about the history of the effort to get... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Michael Brochstein
An amazing account of the most recent push for federal climate legislation. Should be required reading for all those interested in fighting for a climate bill and all those who... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Brady from Bard
March 10, 2011
Eric Pooley digs deep into the climate battle
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With fewer glaciers in Glacier National... Read more
THE CLIMATE WAR: TRUE BELIEVERS, POWER BROKERS, AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE EARTH provides a portrait of an American civil war, and considers the hearts and minds the most important... Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Author Pooley spent three years talking to people on all sides of the Cimate War, hoping to document a happy ending. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by Loyd Eskildson
The book provides very good insight into the political story of global warming.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Eric Pooley about his book for my TV... Read more