Synopses & Reviews
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 PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"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)
John Marburger, Vice President for Research, Stony Brook University and former Science Advisor to President George W. Bush
Roger Pielke, Jr.s voice in the global warming debate is one of rare common sense. While many authors link anthropogenic climate change with energy technology, Pielke, Jr. goes farther and emphasizes the role of development economics and deep seated social behaviors that cannot easily be addressed. You may not agree with his oblique, pragmatic proposal for accelerating decarbonization of society, but you will be hard-pressed to find a better analysis of the thorniest aspects of the climate challenge.”
Neal Lane, Malcolm Gillis University Professor and Senior Fellow in Science and Technology at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University; former Science Advisor to President William J. Clinton
"The present climate policy stalemate cries out for a new approach in dealing with a challenge that is unprecedented in scope and complexity. This book offers scientists, policy makers and the general public a critical perspective and thoughtful suggestions for a way forward. It should be read by anyone who cares about the future of the planet and its people.”
D. James Baker, William J. Clinton Foundation and former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pielkes thoughtful analysis of how climate science has interacted with policy - often not productively - provides new and engaging insights. Moreover, his conclusion about the importance of decarbonization and disaggregating climate policy gives the climate debate a new dimension. By weaving his personal story into the development of these issues, he presents a compelling narrative that deserves a wide readership.”
Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
Roger Pielke, Jr., cuts through passions and politics to propose a clear and sober way forward in addressing one of the critical issues of our time.”
A bright and provocative book
the arguments for an energy-innovation approach to climate change seem currently to be gaining ground
For those who want to understand them, this [book] is a very good place to start.”
This years must-read global warming book.”
Pielkes proposals look increasingly likely to garner some bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.
The Climate Fix is a clear-eyed analysis of how climate science became politicized and of the magnitude of the technological and economic issues that addressing the uncertainties of any future warming will entail.”
This years must-read global-warming book [is] The Climate Fix.”
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.