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Posted May 20, 2012
The book on climate politics
Exhaustive, thorough treatment of the subject matter. I always look for the one book that tells the story better than all others, and this is it. It is not a happy ending -- or even a segue to what happens next in the political landscape surrounding climate legislation. For those frustrated with the inability of our political system to tackle big challenges, this will only make you more depressed. But unless you are convinced that climate change is a complete sham -- and you would never read this if you are really of that mind -- you will enjoy this brief glimpse of the history.
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Posted March 11, 2011
A Must Read For Those Interested in Fighting Global Warming
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Eric Pooley digs deep into the climate battle
by Fredric Alan Maxwell
With fewer glaciers in Glacier National Park and un-cold-killed pine beetles eating our forests, we Montanans suffer the negative effects of global warming everyday. Yet this purportedly most-advanced country in the world cannot enact desperately needed, vastly improved clean air standards. Why not?
Eric Pooley's must-read chronicle of the battle against global warming takes you from its birth and infancy through adolescence and adulthood. There are good guys who've won Nobel Prizes in this sort of thing, and bad guys who pay vast amounts of money to spread knowingly false information, as the Earth's atmosphere moves toward a tipping point of no return.
Of course, Al Gore's efforts for the past two decades are more than mentioned, as are those of environmental groups like Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace. Yet Pooley concentrates on Fred Krupp, head of the Environmental Defense Fund, and his successful efforts to broker a deal with the main opponents--the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers--whose living is made on the fossil fuels that create the greenhouse effect leading to climate change.
The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Planet - Eric Pooley - hardcover, Hyperion - 496 pages, $27.99
* The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the PlanetEric Pooleyhardcover, Hyperion496 pages, $27.99
Pooley details how ExxonMobile and its ilk hired groups of global climate change deniers to disseminate blatantly false information and create phony grassroots organizations to support oil and coal interests. One such group, the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED), rubbed Pooley the wrong way when he interviewed its president, Stephen L. Miller, after talking with Vice President of Communications Joe Lucas. Miller told Pooley that the raising of energy prices that cleaner coal would require troubled people.
"There are a lot of people out there who struggle," Miller told him. "My grandmother, who died many years ago, lived on a railroad pension. If you went to visit it was 99 degrees in her kitchen. She would turn on an air conditioner while you were there, turn it off as soon as you left."
Pooley had heard this before.
"The story rang a bell," he writes, "but it took a moment to place it. A month before, Joe Lucas had said the very same thing about his aunt Ethel. Except it was 120 degrees in her kitchen."
As a legislative issue, confronting climate change really did heat up after President Obama took office in 2009, following the Bush Administration, which had been bought and paid for by fossil fuel funds. Pooley details how Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rammed through a comprehensive bill placing a market-based cap on carbon emissions, better known as cap and trade. In the cap-and-trade scheme, a limit on access to a resource (the cap) is defined and then allocated among users in the form of permits, and compliance is established by comparing actual emissions with permits surrendered including any permits traded within the cap. The battle then moved to the Senate, and the Lieberman-Warner bill centered on cap and trade.
Pooley prefaces his book with an oft-forgotten fact about our Congress: that it's designed not to have legisla