The Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era

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Taylor & Francis, 2001 - Nature - 341 pages
"Excessive burning of oil, gas, and coal is raising our planet's thermostat to unacceptable levels--a problem which as already resulted in increased natural catastrophes: storms, floods, droughts, and fire. Yet big oil companies have repeatedly hijacked efforts to slow global carbon emissions. The Carbon War is a major call-to-arms for the safety of our planet. Throughout the last decade, Jeremy Leggett, a distinguished scientist at Oxford University and former director for Green Peace, has worked doggedly to alert human kind to the threat of ecological catastrophe. He contends that the main enemies--Arab countries, the United States government, oil companies, and automobile manufacturers--have used junk science, an army of lobbyists, and outright lies to ensure that their profits stayed safer than the planet's future. With the grace of a novelist and the precision of a scientist, Leggett recounts his maddening interactions with scientific councils, international governmental meetings, and business leaders. Still, despite the government's backpedaling on eco-promises, the media's laziness, and the fossil fuel company rhetoric, the transition to solar energy is coming, he argues"--From publisher description.
 

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Contents

The Price of Oil
29
The Road to Rio
75
Blown Cover
102
Burned by Warming I2 4
124
Excess of Loss
151
A Mandate Delivered
185
A Discernible Human Influence
218
Cracks Appear in the Carbon Club 2 45
245
A Crime Against Humanity
259
The Day of the Atmosphere
290
Epilogue
322
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