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The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell You about Global Warmingby Roger Pielke
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Why has the world been unable to address global warming? Science policy expert Roger Pielke, Jr., says its not the fault of those who reject the Kyoto Protocol, but those who support it, and the magical thinking that the agreement represents. In The Climate Fix, Pielke offers a way to repair climate policy, shifting the debate away from meaningless targets and toward a revolution in how the worlds economy is powered, while de-fanging the venomous politics surrounding the crisis. The debate on global warming has lost none of its power to polarize and provoke in a haze of partisan vitriol. The Climate Fix will bring something new to the discussions: a commonsense perspective and practical actions better than any offered so far.
"Pielke (The Honest Broker) presents a smart and hard-nosed analysis of the politics and science of climate change and proposes 'a commonsense approach to climate policy.' According to Pielke, the 'iron law of climate policy' dictates that whenever 'environmental and economic objectives are placed in opposition to each other,' economics always wins. 'Climate policies must be made compatible with economic growth as a precondition for their success,' he writes, and because the world will need more energy in the future, an 'oblique' approach supporting 'causes,' such as developing affordable alternative energy sources rather than 'consequences,' such as controversial schemes like cap-and-trade, is more likely to succeed. Although some may protest on principle the suggestion that we accept the inevitability of energy growth, Pielke's focus on adaptation to climate change refreshingly sidesteps the unending debate over the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and opens up the possibility for effective action that places 'human dignity and democratic ideals at the center of climate policies.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Book News Annotation:
Pielke Jr., a political scientist who teaches environmental studies at the U. of Colorado, explores the flaws in current approaches to climate change and discusses the decarbonization of the global economy. He discusses key aspects of climate science important for climate policy, the assumptions that have lead to policy failure, the math behind decarbonization, the domestic decarbonization policies of several countries and how they will fall short of their goals, the different proposals to dealing with them, policy approaches to disasters, the politicization of climate science, and how to collectively decide which route to take in decarbonization. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The worlds response to climate change is deeply flawed. This book is where we begin to get it on track.
The worlds response to climate change has been deeply flawed. The Climate Fix is where we begin to get it back on track, as science policy expert Roger Pielke, Jr. dissects the disastrous climate debate and offers a solution: expanding energy access and increasing energy security while lowering costs through technological innovation.
About the Author
Roger Pielke, Jr. is a Professor of Political Science in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado. He is the author of The Honest Broker and lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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