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 Beacon The Weekly. It would also expand the global economy and lead to a far wealthier and more peaceful world.

An excerpt from Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan

EPA report, removing all references to the dangerous impacts of climate change on the United States. It would create millions of jobs pkint raise living standards in poor countries whose populations are affected by climate-driven disease epidemics and whose borders are overrun by environmental refugees.

Most telling, perhaps, was another piece of fallout from the Soon-Baliunas controversy that received little news coverage. But the magnitude of the potential consequences is unprecedented. The Settlement of the Gelbspsn Gelbspan writes clearly, and he argues that Republican members of Congress have latched onto theories of the few scientists who don’t believe that global warming is a major problem.

He lays out three of the plans being discussed to attack the problem, as well as one of his own which focuses on changing energy subsidies from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources, funding the transfer of renewable energy sources to developing countries and greatly tightening emission standards. Summary If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other issue facing us today. If ExxonMobil is your enemy, Gelbspan is your champion. Key to the program is the establishment of an international organization to fund green technologies, financed by a global tax on international currency transactions.


The most positive aspect of this book and something that sets it aside from the multitude of others concerning anthropogenic forcing of climate and the political context for the dialogue, is the chapter on potential mitigation measures e.

It also pits the fossil fuel industry-dominated Bush administration against the rest of the world. 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 gelbzpan. British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists.

In Boiling PointRoss Boiing reveals exactly how the fossil fuel industry is directing the Bush administration’s energy and climate policies. The memo cited a quote from Robert Watson, chair of the U. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Two months later, in his State of the Union address, Bush revealed his own petroleum-based hydrogen initiative.

Ross Gelbspan is a writer and environmentalist. Click to have a closer look. Chapter 3 is entitled “A Congressional Book Burning. It exhibits respect rather than reckless indifference to human and natural systems that are elaborately adapted to the prevailing climate—respect, that is, for life. If the dream seems remote, consider this: Pojnt includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, booiling of conferences and letters.

There was a problem adding your email address. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Apologists for the administration have justified its climate policies by citing politically conservative principles — the withdrawal of onerous regulations, a belief in unencumbered free markets, and the appeal of corporate voluntarism. In short order, 13 leading climate scientists from the U.


The topic and the rapidly evolving political context mean that the book may date relatively quickly. In fact, the proposal itself is not so much a policy prescription as an anticipated harbinger of changing will. This excerpt traces what Gelbspan describes as a corrupt relationship between the Bush administration and the fossil-fuel industry.

Book Review: The Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan — YES! Magazine

The implication is that they are not only sell-outs, but laughingstocks in the eyes of mainstream science. Gelbspan expands the argument about global warming: The National Assessment details a range of anticipated, mostly harmful, impacts across U. Fred Singer and Richard Lindzen. The Little Ice Age. If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other issue facing us today.

In fact, the Bush climate policies have nothing to do with political conservatism. Thank you for using the catalog. And much of Boiling Point is devoted to what the solutions could look like, if they were calibrated to the scale of the problem.

Unlike what we call reality, Ross’ dream observes non-negotiable physical limits on the capacity of the atmosphere to safely absorb carbon. He covered the U.

According to Gelbspan, a proper approach to climate change could solve many other problems in our social, political, and economic lives. In MayWatson announced that the U.