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A really solid political procedural, if biased
on March 23, 2015
A really fantastic account of the effort to put a price on carbon up through the Copenhagen summit in 2009. Pooley is hardly an objective observer -- he's a clear cheerleader for the climate change movement. That said, he has a really solid grasp on the players and the substance of the issues. He's not shy about his affection for Fred Krupp and the team at EDF, which warps his perspective mildly -- rarely does he view any of EDF's actions as ill-advised. One of the book's strengths is how far it reaches into the past -- the detail around the acid rain cap is essential to telling this story, and Pooley does it well. If you like helpful detail in your political procedurals, you'll like this one -- most books will just tell you that "Waxman finally cut a deal." The book shows and tells: "Waxman finally cut a deal, based around a compromise that...."