- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (December 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006117212X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061172120
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,454,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Physicist Romm, a veteran of the Department of Energy and founder and director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, presents a clear and effective primer on climate science. But the most salient aspects of this provocative expose involve Romm's documentation of what he calls the Bush administration's irresponsible and backward energy policies, the censorship of legitimate and urgent information pertaining to global warming, and the threats rising temperatures pose to "the health and well-being of this nation and the world." Romm explains that we already possess the technologies and know-how we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; what we lack is the will to act. As Romm analyzes the "miscoverage" of global-warming realities in the press, especially the facts pertaining to dire changes already affecting plants, animals, and humans, he laments the perversity and folly of politicizing a global crisis. We must recognize, Romm asserts, that "ideology trumps rationality" all too often in public discourse, preventing us from doing what needs to be done to avert still preventable catastrophes. Donna Seaman
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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)
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One of his insightful sections titled "Voluntary Warming" indicates the direct, no-nonsense approach taken in this book: "It is hard to imagine that people will use low-carbon technologies on the vast scale needed until they see a financial return for cutting carbon, and that will not happen until spewing out carbon has a significant financial cost. But for carbon to have a cost, the government must either tax carbon dioxide emissions or create a market that establishes a price for emitting carbon dioxide".
If you read just one book on the subject, I recommend this one, for reasons that are numerous, and have been well-elaborated in the other 5-star reviews.
A document for the layman(for scientific reasons) and the scientist for political insight. Excellent overview
I'd give my life for him to be reborn, and to grow, and lead us. I've written two books that if the Romm of "Hell and High Water" were miraculously reborn, these would let him rapidly become the leader that our children probably won't survive without - "Global Warming's Death. Fast." and "Resurrecting Your Unviolent Warrior - a Personal Trainer for INSHE's."
Hmmm. Come to think of it, I am giving my life in part for Joe's rebirth, this being day 5 of my Global Warming's Death Fast.
In the little time I have left here on earth I'll be relying heavily on "Hell and High Water," Hansen's "Storms of my Grandchildren," Michale Mann's work, and most centrally, Lester Brown's "Plan B 3.0," and other writings by Joe, to update both "Tracking Plan B - a War Room," and "Global Warming's Death. Fast. Till enough are seen dying for it Global Warming won't stop" to try and do what Joe, Lester Brown, Jim Hansen and Michael Mann need to do, but refuse to do - empower we the people with the two things they refuse to come together and give us - how long we have left to save our next 200 billion children, and what, exactly, we need to achieve by month, by year, to effect the salvation - a collaborative version of Lester Brown's book, a collective "Plan B 5.0," then updated, quarterly or more frequently.
But as in "Ulee's Gold" where their Doctors, the Romm and Brown equivalents, couldn't or wouldn't tell the parents how to save their child, I too am left to try to do so without them. Utter tragedy.
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Very well done, Mr. Romm!!!