Journalist Ross Gelbspan’s new book, Boiling Point (out in late July from Basic Books), reveals how politicians, big oil and coal, the media, and. Revisiting the consensus on global warming (The Heat Is On, ), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gelbspan finds the US strangely at odds. But Ross Gelbspan is no slave to fashion. The beauty of his book Boiling Point is how it reminds us that scientific facts are inescapable, even.
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The book ends in a rhapsody on how rising to the climate challenge can fundamentally change the human prospect: The topic and the rapidly evolving political context mean that the book may date relatively quickly.
Exceptional customer service Get specialist help and advice. An ex-member of the Fourth Estate, Gelbspan denounces it for inadequate coverage of global warming, and when covering it, for giving equal weight to the arguments of skeptical scientists. Gelbspan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning obiling, offers no less than a call to arms in this treatise on how global warming is a threat and how it can be avoided.
Chapter 3 is entitled “A Congressional Book Burning. Publisher’s Weekly Review Gelbspan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, offers no less than a call to arms in this treatise on how global warming is a threat and how it can be avoided. Where Mathematics Comes From. In the second half, after criticizing local environmental gestures and poing free-market solutions as insufficient, Gelbspan presents his proposals for separating civilization from its hydrocarbon appetite.
Be the first to discover new talent! Even other international energy giants, such as Royal Dutch Shell and British Petroleum, Gelbspan offers, have acknowledged that human factors contribute to global warming and its effects are already with us.
Stepping back, it becomes clear that the climate crisis represents bpiling titanic clash of interests.
Finally, he offers a concrete plan for averting a full-blown climate catastrophe. As of this month, countries have ratified or acceded to the Kyoto Protocol. As it turns out, the report by Baliunas and Soon was funded in part by the American Petroleum Institute. According to Gelbspan, a proper approach to climate change could solve many other problems in our poinnt, political, and economic lives.
In short order, President Bush reneged on his campaign promise to cap emissions from coal-burning power plants, unveiled the fossil fuel-friendly Cheney energy plan a fast track to climate chaosand withdrew the U.
Gelbspan is an articulate, informed writer who presents compelling, eloquent arguments for action to reduce emission of radiatively active greenhouse gases.
Since becoming involved in the climate issue, Gelbspan has delivered a number of lectures, radio and television interviews and has published multiple articles on the subject.
An excerpt from Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan | Grist
Click to have a closer look. A passionate call-to-arms and a rooss roadmap for change, Boiling Point reveals what’s at stake for our fragile planet. Booklist Review Denouncing the oil and coal industries as criminals against humanity, Gelbspan justifies his use of that label by communicating his sincere belief that human civilization is in mortal peril from global warming.
It would dramatically reduce our reliance on oil, and with it our exposure to instability in the Middle East. It would dramatically reduce our reliance on oil, and with it our exposure to instability in the Middle East. Prior to his involvement in the climate issue, Gelbspan worked as an editor and reporter at a number of newspapers, including The Philadelphia BulletinThe Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Yes, we should be thinking big. Summary If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other issue facing us today.
That review was written by former Vice President Al Gore. For example, in contrast to information in the book, Russia recently committed to ratifying the Kyoto protocol.
Reading this book is at times like getting doused with a big bucket of cold water. If temperatures climb as projected, then the corrupt policies embraced by U. Key to the program is the establishment of an international ppint to fund green technologies, financed by a global tax on international currency transactions.
Even more surprisingly, Gelbspan points a finger at both the media and environmental activists for unwittingly worsening the crisis. In Boiling PointRoss Gelbspan reveals exactly how the fossil fuel industry is directing the Bush administration’s energy and climate policies.
Our fossil fuels have brought us to a level of abundance and prosperity that was unimaginable a century ago. Moreover, a substantial number of developing countries that are not required to cut their emissions in the first round of the protocol have begun to do so anyway.
If the dream seems remote, consider this: It also pits the fossil fuel industry-dominated Bush administration against the rest of the world. Views Read Edit View history. British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists.
ExxonMobil achieved an even greater success in directing Bush administration climate change diplomacy. ExxonMobil recommended that the Gelbwpan administration remove Watson, along boilinh two officials instrumental in producing the U. In the early s, when the science was still uncertain, denial and resistance by the fossil-fuel lobby could be excused as a predictable, business-as-usual response. But with the science now so robust, and negative impacts so visible, ponit behavior is inexcusable.
Browse titles from Basic Books. Boiljng is merciless about the urgency of the science of global warming. Philip Cooney, chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was formerly head of the climate unit of the American Petroleum Institute, biiling main lobbying arm of the oil industry, and a group that is among piint most rabid critics of climate science.
New Year, New U-Lock. They are the fossil fuel lobby, the current Bush administration, and journalism.
In Novemberin an effort to improve its environmental image, ExxonMobil trumpeted its investment in hydrogen fuel research.