The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-up, the Prescription / Edition 1

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This book not only brings home the imminence of climate change but also examines the campaign of deception by big coal and big oil that is keeping the issue off the public agenda. It examines the various arenas in which the battle for control of the issue is being fought—a battle with surprising political alliances and relentless obstructionism. The story provides an ominous foretaste of the gathering threat of political chaos and totalitarianism. And it concludes by outlining a transistion to the future that contains, at least, the possibility of continuity for our organized civilization, and, at best, a vast increase in the stability, equity, and wealth of the global economy.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
An urgent, take-no-prisoners, in-your-face expose.
NY Times Book Review
With a muckraking passion seen all too rarely these days, Gelbspan. . .ably disseects the flimsy sophistry of greenhouse skeptics.
A marvelously readable but devastatingly candid account.
The Boston Globe
An urgent, take-no-prisoners, in-your-face expose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738200255
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Gelbspan has been an editor and reporter at The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. He covered the U.N. Conference on the Environment in Stockholm in 1972, and addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998. As special projects editor of The Boston Globe, he conceived, directed and edited a series of articles that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2001

    Insufficient data and empty persuasion make for a weak presentation.

    This book consisted of monotonous data, much of it contradicting to itself, and weak arguments. I do not disagree with the sobriety of the subject, but this book is the weakest presentation of it i have yet experienced. If one is looking to be informed on the subject of global warming, please look to more competent authors than those who weakly supply random information slightly pertaining to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Even more valuable

    This book is the best over-view of the issue of Global Climate Change I have seen, and has been proved to be right since publication. Gelbspan helps us understand why the news media coporations give a 'balanced' view that gives equal weight to the opinions of marginal scientists and the mainstream consensus that Global Climate Change is a very serious issue. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued new reports this year that are even less optimistic than the 1995 reports. This supports Gelbspan's insistence that we do not want to play with the risk on this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000


    As evidenced by opposing comments below, media campaigns by the two-plus trillion dollar per year coal-oil industries have effectively confused the public. Even mainstream newspaper editors still ignore the imminent global disaster from the ever increasing, man-made carbon dioxide. Burning fossil fuels increases CO2 in earth's atmosphere, trapping solar energy and unnaturally warming the planet reports Ross Gelbspan in his, 'The Heat Is On.' As a practicing scientist, I wished to learn more about global warming after listening to Gelbspan's 1998 Oregon lecture, recently re-broadcast on National Public Radio. The Pulitzer Prize winner's book reports on the projected, soon to arrive political and economic turmoil from our increasingly unstable climate. Both the haves and have nots are soon to be increasingly affected by violent storms and droughts lashing our neighborhoods, countries and planet. Making his an even more daunting writing task, Gelbspan includes scholarly reports on the multi-million dollar dysinformation campaign by powerful oil and coal interests worldwide. Their aim: to undermine the credibility of global warming scenarios by the 2,500 scientists working internationally on analyzing the rapidly changing climate, geology and topography. Even the respected conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. recenetly came out in favor of acknowledging global warming and sounded a clarion call to avoid politically polarizing THIS vital issue, Gelbspan reports. Those eager to cash in early on the big money to be made out of solving the global warming problem (as have British Petroleum and Ford Motor Company) should first become informed by reading the excellent primer, 'The Heat Is On,' and then by rolling up his and her sleeves for working on the problem ... at least for doing very well by doing good!

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