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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Urged on by the company, the White House hired Harlan Watson no relation to Robert as its chief climate negotiator.

Reading this book is at times like getting doused with a big bucket of cold water. The best antidote to denial is action. There was an error while adding the following items.

If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other helbspan facing us today. That’s closer to a truth that can last than what we’ve got glebspan.

But with the science now so robust, and negative impacts so visible, this behavior is inexcusable. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

The ultimate hope is that—especially given the centrality of energy to our modern lives—a meaningful solution to the boilung crisis could potentially be the beginning of a much larger transformation of our social and economic dynamics. It contains no figures and could benefit from a more gelbsoan and comprehensive bibliography, but it is very accessible and has a detailed index.

ExxonMobil recommended that the Bush administration remove Watson, along with two officials instrumental in producing the U. In MayWatson announced that the U. In fact, the proposal itself is not so much a policy prescription as an anticipated harbinger of changing will.

So doing what’s possible isn’t nearly enough. But the fact that it’s obvious doesn’t make it easy. This excerpt traces what Gelbspan describes as a corrupt relationship between the Bush administration and the fossil-fuel industry. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in. But we should not expect panaceas.


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

It would dramatically reduce our reliance on oil, bolling with it our exposure to instability in the Middle East. It would create millions of jobs and raise living standards in poor countries whose populations are affected by climate-driven disease epidemics and whose borders are overrun by environmental refugees.

Felbspan was a problem adding your email address. A passionate call-to-arms and a thoughtful roadmap for change, Boiling Point reveals what’s at stake for our fragile planet.

Even more surprisingly, Gelbspan points a finger at both the media and environmental activists for unwittingly worsening the crisis.

It pits the survival, as we know it, of the biggest commercial enterprise in history — big coal and oil — against the survival of the planet and its people. 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.

Clearly these governments would not be undertaking such massive and wrenching changes if they had any doubt about the climate crisis. It would also expand the global economy and lead to a far wealthier and more peaceful world. The memo cited a quote from Robert Watson, chair of the U.

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. Under the administration of George W.

Ross steps up to the plate with his own big proposal, the World Energy Modernization Plan. Library Locations and Hours. Inhofe received double the campaign contributions from energy companies during the election than from any other business sector. Gelbpsanthat share shrank to 22 percent — despite the advent of far more conclusive science, documenting human-caused global warming.

Go to British Wildlife. ExxonMobil and the Bush administration have also united in sowing climate change disinformation and deception among U. In Search of the Canary Tree. Fred Singer and Richard Lindzen.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It has led to the capture of the White House, to gross distortions of science and truth, and to the corporate dictation of public policy. They are the fossil fuel lobby, the current Bush administration, and journalism. He pounds on political corruption, journalistic laziness, and activists’ incrementalism for reinforcing the cycle of denial that prevents an appropriately scaled response to climate disruption.

Two months later, in his State of the Union address, Bush revealed his own petroleum-based hydrogen initiative.

Ross Gelbspan

Grist’s comments only work with JavaScript. 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. If temperatures climb as projected, then the corrupt policies embraced by U.

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 Settlement of the Americas: Then, in Augustthe attorneys general of Maine and Connecticut made an extraordinary discovery. So action to protect the climate isn’t just boiilng result of greater awareness of the problem, gslbspan is a precondition of greater awareness.

In Novemberin an effort to improve its environmental image, ExxonMobil trumpeted its investment in hydrogen fuel research. Other titles from Basic Books. Choice Review Gelbspan is an articulate, informed writer who presents compelling, eloquent arguments for action to reduce emission of radiatively active greenhouse gases.