By Eric Pooley
In The weather War, Eric Pooley--deputy editor of Bloomberg BusinessWeek--does for international warming what Bob Woodward did for presidents and Lawrence Wright did for terrorists. during this epic story of an American civil conflict, Pooley takes us backstage and into the hearts and minds of crucial gamers within the fight to cap international warming pollution--a struggle within which trillions of greenbacks and the destiny of the planet are at stake.
Why has it been so challenging for the United States to come back to grips with weather swap? Why achieve this many folks think it isn't particularly taking place? As President Obama's technological know-how consultant John Holdren has stated, "We're riding in a automobile with undesirable brakes in a fog and heading for a cliff. we all know needless to say that cliff is offered. We simply don't comprehend precisely the place it truly is. Prudence could recommend that we must always begin placing at the brakes." yet robust pursuits are threatened via the carbon cap that might pace the transition to a fresh power economic system, and their brokers have labored effectively to disclaim the matter and hold up the options.
To write this e-book, Pooley, the previous handling editor of Fortune and leader political correspondent for Time, spent 3 years embedded with a rare forged of characters: from the fancy head of 1 of the nation's greatest coal-burning power businesses to the pushed environmental chief who made universal reason with him, from top scientists caution of drawing close disaster to specialist skeptics disputing nearly each element of weather technology, from radical activists chaining themselves to bulldozers to robust lobbyists, media authorities, and advisors in Obama's West Wing--and, to most sensible it off, extraordinary entry to former vp Al Gore and his group of weather activists.
Pooley captures the quiet selection or even heroism of weather campaigners who've devoted their lives to an uphill conflict that's nonetheless raging this day. He asks no matter if we have now what it takes to maintain our planet's habitability, and exhibits how America's weather battle sends surprise waves from Bali to Copenhagen. No different reporter enjoys such entry to this solid of characters. No different publication covers this terrain. From the trenches of a North Carolina energy plant to the battlefields of Capitol Hill, Madison road, and Wall road, The weather War is the fundamental learn for somebody who desires to comprehend the gamers and politics at the back of crucial factor we are facing this day.
PRAISE FOR THE weather battle
"Eric Pooley has written a riveting story, the first actual account of the epic American crusade to get excited about international warming. This tale has heroes, like my pal Al Gore, and it has a few villains. What it doesn't have is an finishing; that half remains to be as much as us. that is why someone who concerns concerning the way forward for our nation--or wonders why it's been so tough for us to house weather change--should learn this book."
--President invoice Clinton
"The weather War deals a behind-the-scenes examine the main consequential political conflict of our time. It's a compelling--and usually disturbing--read."
--Elizabeth Kolbert, writer of Field Notes from a Catastrophe
"In the ever-expanding literature on weather swap, this is often the 1st ebook to place a human face at the challenge by means of stepping into the heads of the folk who're attempting to clear up it, deftly revealing the messy entanglement of idealism and realism that finally ends up in progress."
--Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and overseas Affairs, Princeton college
"If the technology is so transparent and compelling--the means we use power is dangerously overheating the planet--the how come it's so agonizingly tough for the USA to stand proof and paved the way towards a world resolution? ultimately, i've got a good suggestion why, due to Eric Pooley's lucid chronicle of the long-running struggles--political, own and certainly, economic--to outline the realm that our youngsters and grandchildren will inhabit."
--Kurt Andersen, writer of Heyday and Reset and Host of public radio's "Studio 360"
"The first nice crusade e-book concerning the political conflict over weather switch. Eric Pooley brings us within this epic fight during which technological know-how, enterprise, and politics all come jointly. The characters are attention-grabbing and the stakes are enormous."
--Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute and writer of Einstein: His lifestyles and Universe
"The legislative method printed: Eric Pooley paints the personalities, the options, and the intrigue of weather politics in vibrant element. A web page turner and a must-read for a person who cares concerning the weather, and approximately America's persisted skill to take on difficulties and lead."
--Katie McGinty, Former Chair, White condo Council on Environmental caliber
"Eric Pooley's The weather War is a painstakingly researched account of the way weather switch became one of many defining political problems with a new release. As progressives in the United States and all over the world struggle to go off weather catastrophe, Pooley's publication provides a much-needed historical past of the crusade for weather security, and reminds us, once more, why pressing motion is so necessary."
--John Podesta, President and CEO middle for American development
"The weather War is a brilliant booklet not only since it chronicles the bloody political struggle to save lots of the planet, yet simply because it's the easiest argument I've ever learn for the way a unmarried coverage idea--cap and trade--can switch the world."
--Jeff Goodell, writer of the way to chill the Planet
"Journalism with ideas: epic in scale, masterful in narrative and element, with well-paced winks on the tragic absurdity of it all."
--Eric Roston, writer of The Carbon Age