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

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Harper Collins, 2007 - Nature - 292 pages
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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 program in 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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Review: Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do

User Review  - Dan Giaquinta - Goodreads

too dry but a disturbing and data-driven discussion of where we are in the mind of Joseph Romm. we'll see if he's right. too bad it will be too late then Read full review

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

User Review  - Faith - Goodreads

Really good. The first half, which is Romm basically explaining global warming, is a bit dull: not only does he say that he won't do that (because there are many other resources to find out how global ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Climate Beast
11
How Climate Rhetoric Trumps Climate Reality
99
The Technology Trap and the American Way of Life
133
The Electrifying Solution
154
Peak Oil Energy Security and the Car of the Future
177
The U S China Suicide Pact on Climate
200
Missing the Story of the Century
212
The End of Politics
230
Acknowledgments
239
Index
277
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About the author (2007)

Joseph Romm is the founder and executive director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions and a fellow at the Center for American Progress. Under President Clinton he was acting assistant secretary at the Department of Energy, heading the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The author of the award-winning The Hype About Hydrogen, he holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT and lives in Washington, D.C.

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