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Hell and High Water: Global Warming -- The Solution and the Politics -- And What We Should Doby Joseph J Romm
Synopses & Reviews
Global warming is the story of the twenty-first century. It is the most serious issue facing the future of humankind, and American energy and environmental policy is driving the whole world down the path of global catastrophe. Hell and High Water is nothing less than a wake-up call to the country. It is a searing critique of American environmental and energy policy and a passionate call to action by a writer with a unique command of the science and politics of climate change.
We have ten years, at most, to start making sharp cuts to our greenhouse gas emissions or we will face catastrophic consequences. The good news is that there is something we can do — but only if the leadership of the U.S. government acts immediately and asserts its influence on the rest of the world — in particular such emerging powers as China and India — to join an international effort to stop global warming.
Joseph Romm, an expert in the science, business, and politics of climate change, lays out a plan of action that involves:
Romm, who ran the largest programin the world that was concentrated on climate solutions, offers an authoritative dissection of this disastrous policy. Hell and High Water goes beyond ideological rhetoric to offer pragmatic solutions to avert the threat of global warming — solutions that must be taken seriously by every American.
"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." Booklist
"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
Book News Annotation:
Romm (founder and executive director, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions) spends the first half of his book on global warming painting a dire scenario of the next 100 years if we do not find the political will to fundamentally change course over the next decade. The scenario is aptly summed up in his title, with a "hell" of mega-droughts and wildfires plaguing the inland United States and a possible sea-level rise of 80 feet drowning the coasts. After describing this doomsday scenario, he describes the political realities that stand in the way of avoiding such dire problems, political realities he largely blames on George W. Bush and other Republican politicians. Finally, he outlines energy and other policies that he believes can address the looming problem. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Romm presents a scathing critique of the current environmental and energy policy with a passionate and practical call to action on global warming now before it's too late.
About the Author
Romm is executive director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a nonprofit consulting firm. He served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he directed the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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