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Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 26, 2006
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Joseph Romm, who is an expert on energy (author of The Hype about Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate (2004), which I highly recommend), holds a PhD in physics with an emphasis on the physics of weather. Consequently he writes from a position of knowledge about climate change that few others can match. He is also politically savvy, having worked in the Department of Energy in the Clinton administration. His hair is on fire because the danger to the planet from global warming is frighteningly real, and it appears that nobody is going to do anything about it until it is too late.
Part I is devoted to both making it absolutely clear that global warming is caused by human activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels, while giving some considerable data on just what the consequences of global warming will be for the planet and in particular for the US. A number of meany-mouthed nay-sayers have suggested that a little warming won't be so bad, especially for the US. Romm lays this mythology into its grave by showing that the most recent scientific projections show that unchecked global warming will be a disaster for the US, inflicting enormous damage to our costal areas, burying much of Louisiana, Florida and other parts of the US under water, and creating dust bowl conditions in the Midwest far worse than experienced in the 1930s.
The real meat of this book however begins in Part II, "The Politics and the Solution," and in particular in Chapter 5, "How Climate Rhetoric Trumps Climate Reality."
Have you ever asked yourself why conservative politicians are in a state of denial about global warming? I have, and Romm is the first one to explain it to me. Simply put, "ideology trumps rationality.Read more ›
After reading this book, I am now more concerned about what our government is not doing (it'll be interesting to see the backlash to the State of the Union speech tomorrow night) to work with these legitimate and valid concerns. This is not your typical scaremonger book. In fact, this book is written by the former acting assistant secretary at the Department of Energy, heading the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Romm writes about the reasons why you don't hear a lot of scientists flooding the media with dire warnings of our actions and the near future of global warming ~~ he writes vividly and rationally, pointing no fingers of blame at anyone. He writes a history of scientific studies and the Delayers and Denyers tactics in stalling appropriate responses to issues that should have been addressed yesterday if not today. He writes simply. He writes of the truth. He backs his reasons up with scientific studies and news reports.
He doesn't point fingers at anyone ~~ just states simply the facts and the solutions he thinks are viable in fixing this problem before it's too late. Already, we're seeing record hurricanes, droughts and mild winters and already, we're seeing signs of glaciers melting.Read more ›
Joe Romm's convincing, straight-forward and extremely well-written book reminds me of Sagan's ability to cut to the quick of a matter like a laser beam. Romm writes with precision and insight about a complex subject. This gift is made all the more precious to us because of the layers of obfuscation, half-truths and outright lies of the "Deniers and Delayers." Because of the complexity of the subject and the murky job done to date by the press, Romm's talent to clarify shines like a beacon to all thinkers on the planet. Read this book - for yourself and for the generations yet to come. Then take action.
It is amazing to me how many people are still not the least bit concerned about global warming. Stubborn and short-sighted conservatives refuse to acknowledge the obvious for fear that in the short term the bottom lines of many major corporations might be adversely affected. And those I would refer to as "limousine liberals" in their SUV's and 14 room houses show no inclination to demand change either. It appears to me that far too many Americans are fat and comfortable with the status quo and are willing to accept the premise that new technologies will ultimately solve these complex problems. In "Hell and High Water" Joseph Romm laments the incredibly poor job our media has done in relating the urgency of this situation. He also outlines the public relations strategies of those he aptly refers to as the Delayers and Denyers.Read more ›
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This is a good summary of global warming. It's clearly written and persuasive. I've bought several copies to give to friends.Published on June 4, 2014 by Martin Homec
A direct, scientific review made clear for the layman. The political mechanations are particularly well written and documented. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by gary
The Joe Romm of this massively important, must read, must study book, if he were alive today, well, we'd have a snowball's chance in Hell to avert "Hell and High Water. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Loving
Joseph Romm, who is an expert on energy (author of The Hype about Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate (2004), which I highly recommend), holds a PhD in... Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Dennis Littrell
Joe Romm is a highly respected Physicist and climate hawk advocate. His blog climateprogress.org is one of the most influential on the internet. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Peter S. Mizla
"Hell and High Water" describes what our future will be if we don't act or act soon enough to reverse global warming. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Deb Nam-Krane
Hell and High Water is a must-read book for everyone interested in global warming and climate science. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by David J Kent
This book contains false information leading to a false premise, that we (mankind) can even change the temperature. The truth is, do the math! Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by Larry Energy Engineer
Joseph Romm is a physicist and founder and director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. Romm presents a very sobering outlook on the consequences of failing to act on... Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Scott A. Mandia