Fools Rule: Inside the Failed Politics of Climate Change

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A.A. Knopf Canada, 2012 - Political Science - 325 pages
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This eloquent, rage-inciting polemic about the global failure to deal with climate change will appeal to readers of Tim Flannery, George Monbiot and Bill McKibben - and anyone concerned with the economic and environmental future of our planet.

Kyoto, 1997. Montreal, 2005. Copenhagen, 2009. Cancun, 2010. InFools Rule, Marsden illustrates how inefficient and short-sighted political negotiations have become despite mounting scientific evidence that immediate action is essential to curb the effects of climate change. International climate change summits are now widely monitored events, attended by state leaders and crowded with journalists; yet somehow they have never been less productive. Treaties and action plans are smothered by economic self-interest, diplomatic errors and every nation's hungry scramble for its share of the remaining atmospheric space. Marsden takes us from inside the bungled negotiations at Copenhagen to the melting glaciers and untapped oil reserves of the Arctic; he shows us the paralyzing effect oil and gas companies have on green legal initiatives in the United States, and therefore on any international climate change treaty; and, with wit and penetrating insight, he asks the toughest question - will we be able to change before it's too late?

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Just what climate science needs, more meretricious prattle from a dilettante. In 'Fools Rule', William Marsden falls into a common trap for investigative journalists - he sticks his opinions into a conversation that is already too developed for his brand of journalism to have any meaning. Marsden tries his hardest to gain public attention with this book by playing the part of a disgruntled science and policy expert, but he is no such expert, and so the book comes off as a self serving ruse. As Marsden navigates the world of climate science he searches for fault with everyone he encounters, from politicians to humble lab technicians. Orotund in style, pastiche in substance, and lacking in credibility, this book is a failure on all fronts.  


Introduction 1? the Country Fair
The MerryGoRound
Denmarks Hubris
Tragedy in Copenhagen
The Failing Giant Chapter 5 The Agassiz Venture
Axis of Melt
The Aretics Poisonous Secret Chapter 8 Vhat Oil? I92 Chapter 9 Proposition 2 3 and the Mirror on America
Dead Zones
1 The Temptations of the Moon Palace Conclusion The Trouble with Our Brains

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WILLIAM MARSDEN is author of Stupid to the Last Drop and co-author of the national bestsellers Angels of Death and The Road to Hell. He is a senior investigative reporter for the Gazette in Montréal.

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