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Hell and High Water: Global Warming -- The Solution and the Politics -- And What We Should Do

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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:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by midcentury
  • adopting a California-style energy-efficiency effort nationwide
  • embracing high-mileage, advanced hybrid cars that can run on both electricity and biofuels
Unfortunately, the required government policies and spending are strongly opposed by conservatives, who have blocked serious action on climate change and continue to publicly deny the dire warnings of scientists. Never before has there been such a sharp divergence between what top scientists know and what policymakers, the general public, and the media believe. And, sadly, never has so much been at stake.

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.

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"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

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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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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)

Synopsis:

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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sgrace, November 1, 2009 (view all comments by sgrace)
Global warming skeptics, beware! Joseph J. Romm’s insightful book Hell and High Water is an excellent source for any person looking to become better informed on the issue of climate change. In the book, Romm provides an in-depth look into the proven science of global warming, his proposed solutions to the problem, and the misinforming political rhetoric that has prevented further action in eliminating the problem.
The first half of Romm’s book delivers a shocking glimpse into how global warming has already affected our lives, and also what to expect in the future. If we do not act now, Romm argues we may cross a “point of no return,” where Earth’s sensitive feedback loops will lose control beyond fixing. Romm presents these frightening consequences in three stages of the 21st century. He projects the years 2000-2025 will have higher global temperatures and increased sea surface temperatures, which will cause (and has already caused) a drastic increase of destructive hurricanes. 2025-2050, cleverly titled “planetary purgatory” describes inevitable drought, water shortages, and extensive deforestation caused by wildfires and pine beetle infestations. Romm claims that CO2 sinks will be of major concern in the future. This is especially true of tundra and permafrost, because if it melts, it has the potential of releasing large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. 2050-2100 is called “hell and high water.” By this time, nearly the entire Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will have melted, causing sea levels to rise 40-80 feet. Romm argues that this catastrophic event has the potential to displace over a billion people.
The second half of Romm’s book is a detailed look into the politics surrounding climate change. He argues that politicians have an advantage over scientists when it comes to rhetoric. He frequently blames the Bush Administration and many others for delaying the action of lowering emissions. This is commonly caused by the claim that we do not have the present technology and that we need to wait.
I believe that this book presents an unprecedented amount of information that needs to be told to any uninformed citizen on the urgent issue of climate change. Romm presents a series of eight solutions that he believes can set us on the right path as a country if we act now. Many of them, including enabling every car to run on electricity for short distances and building 1 million wind turbines seem like plausible solutions. However, I am very skeptical of his push for 700 new nuclear-power plants. Overall, Romm is most concerned with the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. He is a strong advocate against coal, which continues to be the number one producer of energy in the United States.
More than anything, Romm encourages his readers to become passionate and politically active in the push for action on climate change. I strongly recommend this book to anyone: skeptics, uninformed citizens, and even experts will learn astounding things by reading this book. After all, it is the power of informed and passionate citizens that will save us from the devastating future of hell and high water.
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ericmckay, February 11, 2008 (view all comments by ericmckay)
Joseph Romm's well-researched and highly insightful book is a must read for any and everyone involved in the global warming issue. The facts presented are articulated in a manner that brings clarity to this complex subject. I really appreciated how easy the book was to read notwithstanding the quantity of information, key facts and well-substantiated conclusions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061172120
Subtitle:
Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
Author:
Romm, Joseph J
Author:
by Joe Romm
Author:
Romm, Joseph J.
Author:
Romm, Joe
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental protection
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Global warming
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061226
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.50x5.88x1.02 in. .90 lbs.

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Urgent, reasoned, and informative...America had better listen up — this may be our last chance to stop global warming."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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