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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Summary If left unchecked, climate change will ultimately swamp every other issue facing us today.

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

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. 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.

In Search of the Canary Tree. And much of Boiling Point is devoted to what the solutions could look like, if they were calibrated to the scale of the problem. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Even more surprisingly, Gelbspan points a finger at both the media and environmental activists for unwittingly worsening the crisis. Here’s why climate activists sometimes don’t want to get up in the morning: With its heavy bankrolling of the Bush campaign in the presidential election, the fossil-fuel industry won a victory beyond its wildest dreams.


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And visions can become futures. Papuan and Polynesian populations, for gelsbpan, are already being relocated by thousands from Pacific islands that simply will not be viable as sea levels rise, and researchers tie general warming not just to death-dealing heat waves Europebut to droughts, crop failures, tornadoes, and other violent weather events.

In Boiling PointRoss Gelbspan reveals exactly how the fossil fuel industry is directing the Bush administration’s energy and climate policies. Grist’s comments only work with JavaScript. The best antidote to denial is action. Under the administration of George W. Public investment is no substitute for a climate policy in which emission limits drive private investment in solutions.

Living people American male journalists American journalists American non-fiction environmental writers American political writers American male writers Sustainability advocates. Reading this book is at times like getting doused with a big bucket of cold water. Preface to the Paperback Edition p. But the magnitude of doss potential consequences is unprecedented. They are the fossil fuel lobby, the current Bush administration, and journalism.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It would also expand the global economy and lead to a far wealthier and more peaceful world. Browse titles from Basic Books. Make this your default list.

Then, in a truly Orwellian stroke, the White House altered a U. The Beacon The Weekly.


Journalists, he says, are culpable because they are minimizing the story; activists, while well-meaning, are so busy trying to form alliances and make compromises that they lose sight of a problem that Gelbspan believes could ultimately boilign the planet.

Bush, the White House gelbslan become the East Coast branch office of ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, and climate change has become the preeminent case study of the contamination of our political system by money.

But government doesn’t have enough money to fix the problem. Even modest, politically achievable emission limits can send powerful economic signals that will redirect private investment toward efficiency and renewables.


Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. Publisher’s Weekly Review Gelbspan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, offers no less than a call to arms in gelbspann treatise on how global warming is a threat and how it can be avoided.

It would dramatically reduce our reliance on oil, and with it our exposure to instability in the Middle East. Thank you boioing using the catalog.