Straight Up: America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions

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Straight Up draws on Joe Romm's celebrated blog,, to explain the dangers of and solutions to climate change that you won't find in newspapers or on TV. His analysis is based on sophisticated knowledge of clean energy technologies, climate impacts, and government policy, written in a "straight up" style everyone can understand.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times

“The indispensable blog”

— Thomas Friedman

Rolling Stone

“America’s fiercest climate-change activist-blogger” and one of “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”

U.S. News & World Report

“One of the most influential energy and environmental policy makers in the Obama era”


“The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger” and “Hero of the Environment 2009”

Huffington Post

"Important...I recommend you read this book."

— Al Gore

Get Energy Smart

"Romm’s forceful, impassioned blogging — and his book publishing — are a shining light...Simply put, if the ‘nation’ would read Straight Up and follow Romm’s prescriptions, we would find ourselves moving away from decline into a new era of prosperity."

Wonk Room

"A stiff drink of a book..In Straight Up: America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions, Romm distills his best work from the blog and honestly describes the catastrophic path humanity is on — and the clean energy solutions that offer hope for survival."

"If you want to be culturally literate about climate change… you must read… Straight Up… presented so accessibly that even veterans of [] will find it informative. No one in the public eye understands climate change, its solutions and its detractors better than Romm."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597267168
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph J. Romm is a climate expert, physicist, energy consultant, and author. He is executive director and founder of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions; principal of the Capital E Group; fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. His previous books include Hell and High Water, The Hype About Hydrogen, and Cool Companies. He writes the blog

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why I Blog 1

Chapter 1 The Status Quo Media 11

Chapter 2 Uncharacteristically Blunt Scientists 43

Chapter 3 The Clean Energy Solution 67

Chapter 4 Peak Oil? Consider It Solved 101

Chapter 5 The Clean Energy New Deal 121

Chapter 6 The Bush-Cheney Reign of Error 137

Chapter 7 The Right-Wing Disinformation Machine 149

Chapter 8 Diagnosing Someone with Anti-Scientific Syndrome (ASS) 163

Chapter 9 Why Are Progressives So Lousy at Messaging? 181

Conclusion Is the Global Economy a Ponzi Scheme? 213

Afterword 217

Index 227

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