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What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate Paperback – Bargain Price, July 9, 2009
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-General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired)
"This book trumps most of our accounts of the global warming crisis, partly for its good humor and straightforward logic, and partly because the author has actually figured out what actions make sense. Changing your lightbulb will help a little, but changing the political debate will help enormously-and this book will get you started down that path."
-Bill McKibben, author The End of Nature
"The worst thing that could happen is that you don't read this book! Greg Craven has written a valuable primer on the global warming debate."
-Gregg Easterbrook, author, Sonic Boom
"This is a tremendous book and well worth anyone's time to read. It very clearly and concisely covers all the important points not only about the climate change situation in our moment, but how we think and decide about important issues. Anyone who enjoyed Craven's YouTube triumph "The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See" will enjoy unpacking that experience in this book, and for people running into Craven for the first time, you're in for a treat-he is funny as well as well as exceptionally clear, and wise."
-Kim Stanley Robinson, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Mars trilogy and Science in the Capital
Top Customer Reviews
Greg Craven has the spark of genius in the way he cuts through all the confusing "it will, it won't, it will too!". On the one hand we have clever wordy scientists and on the other, crafty manipulative, articulate global warming deniers (Ok, I'm a little biased on this one!) and the poor ordinary bloke doesn't know who to believe in the shouting match. He/she just wants to know what's the best bet to protect their loved family and friends. They don't want to risk damaging the economy but they also don't want to risk ruining the planet that their kids will grow up in. How on earth can they decide what's best?
This book will show how you don't need to be an expert to make your own sensible decisions using the sort of ordinary risk assessment techniques that we all use when we cross the road or buy house or car insurance.
Craven basically looks at what each side in the debate is claiming and looks at what will happen if they are wrong and then shows what the consequences would be for us all. Instead of trying to work out definitively who is right, which is very difficult as shown by the many complicated books available that try to, Craven clearly shows that asking what happens if one or the other side is wrong gives a very simple, yet brilliant, way of deciding what the best bet is when deciding what to do, or not do, about it.Read more ›
He has broken the topic down for himself, and developed a very logical way of deciding how to think about climate change and how to entertain our own personal individual decision making on this very important global topic.
I have read a lot about climate change, but this is a very excellent book that has helped me interpret and think about the topic in a much more comprehensive decision-making manner.
I highly recommend this book!!!
That said - the strength and value of this book is not just in its parsing of the climate change debate and its permutations. It is as an excellent primer for the layperson on critical thought, the scientific process, and understanding how to look beyond the sound bites and understand the perspective of the various parties making arguments on both sides of the issue. These elements are as important, or more important, than the main thesis of the book as it helps us be better, more educated, and thoughtful citizens. These tools that Greg presents can be used in a wide variety of arguments and issues that we approach.
SHould be required reading for every high school student.
One scenario he pays little attention to however is that if AGW turns out to be very real and +400ppm CO2 plus methane release causes catastrophic warming; flooding coastal cities, decimating formerly stable agrarian regions, toppling governments, inflicting massive human casualties, destroying economies etc. Mr. Craven would put this in the worst of all possible outcomes box- doing nothing and getting catastrophe as the payoff. But would that indeed be the worst possible outcome? I think you could argue that human life on this planet might be in need of a very severe course correction. A +5 degree global temperature rise might be just the ticket to do it- the reset button that is missing in this book.
At the very least, reading this book might make you look at some of your strongly held positions, not just on climate change, and force you to think about how you got there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're having trouble wrapping your mind around the whole concept of climate change, this is your book. You won't need any other source, ever. Seriously...Published 6 months ago by Glenn E. Dixon
This book is a great introduction into the topic of climate change. It is meant to be a guide to help the readers form an opinion on the issue without having to wade into the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent background for having a heart to heart conversation on the topicPublished 23 months ago by Jeane Bicket
I'm not a "warmer", but I am paying more attention to "climate change" and would like to see more being done, not just with "carbon", but with stored... Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Christopher A Trumbull
Its for school so it served its purpose which was to be a book and give me that paragraph needed in class. Thank you book.Published on February 6, 2014 by Katrina
Very nice book.
I saw Greg's video on youtube and liked it. The book gives much more background. Since I am a climatologist, of course I choose column A: immediate action now. Read more
My son is about to graduate with a Master's degree in high school science and math teaching. He and his fellow students have found this book very helpful to prepare them to teach... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by DavidMills
Right off the bat, I am a believer in global warming. I often find myself in conversations/debates with those on the other side of the issue, and with this book giving me the... Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Bobbe Anderson