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Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming (Brookings FOCUS Book) Hardcover – May 14, 2010
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"Strobe Talbott and Bill Antholis have made an admirable and important effort to move beyond the recent political rancor in Washington. They have a plan for leaders who want to be serious about energy and climate. Instead of starting from entrenched ideological base camps, they concentrate on identifying common goals. Reducing our foreign oil dependence, saving Americans money on their energy bills, improving our industrial competitiveness, investing in a cleaner and more diverse energy portfolio, and using domestic fossil fuel resources wisely, while cutting our greenhouse gas emissions are goals on which Republicans and Democrats alike can agree."—Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.)
" Fast Forward makes the case in clear, concise, and compelling terms for urgent action and American leadership in addressing the threat that global warming poses to our nation and our planet."—Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.)
"In Fast Forward William Antholis and Strobe Talbott brilliantly explode the economic and scientific myths about climate change while elevating the political debate to a transgenerational moral crisis. Their synthesis of science, economics, religion and philosophy is a clarion call to action for anyone interested in the future of the planet—which means all of us."—Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
"William Antholis and Strobe Talbott combine a concise, fast-paced narrative on the evolution of climate change as a national and international issue with a framework for policy that is rooted in deep understanding and practical experience of international affairs. The result is a timely perspective on something whose outcome—whatever the ultimate choices—will be of truly global significance in both environmental and economic terms."—Daniel Yergin, author of The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
About the Author
William Antholis is managing director of the Brookings Institution, where he is also a senior fellow in Governance Studies. During Bill Clinton's presidency, he was director of international economic affairs at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. He served as deputy director of the White House climate change policy team and was a negotiator on the U.S. team at Kyoto. Strobe Talbott, president of Brookings, served seven years as U.S. deputy secretary of state. Prior to his government service, he spent twenty-one years as a reporter, columnist, and editor of Time magazine. His previous books include The Great Experiment (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Engaging India (Brookings, 2004), and The Russia Hand (Random House, 2002).
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Talbott simply dismisses the skeptics of CO2 driven global warming as a fringe group and asserts that the issue is settled and the overwhelming scientific consensus supports Al Gore and his ilk. Well that assertion is the biggest lie in the history of science. The scientific establishment that pushes Gore and Talbott's view is so contaminated by politics that it is almost beyond the ability of one to imagine. But even if Talbott were correct, he has no practical plans to control CO2. Even if we destroyed the economies of ever industrialized nation on earth trying to hold back CO2 it would amount to no practical alteration of the climate. What it would do is nothing less than the destruction of civilization as we know it and plunge the whole world into an Orwellian climate bureaucracy that would control every aspect of our lives and make prosperity virtually impossible. It would kill far more people with devastating economic fallout than all the horrors the climate alarmists can project.