An epic bicycle journey across the American hinterland that explores the challenges of climate change alongside a diverse array of American voices.After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that the American people are willfully deluded by the misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, David thought a little straight talk could set things right. As they say in Animal House, he decided that "this calls for a stupid and futile gesture on someone's part, and I'm just the guy to do it."
Starting on the beach in Delaware, David rode his bike 4,200 miles to Oregon, talking with the people he met on the ultimate road trip. Along the way he learned a great deal about why climate is a complicated issue for many Americans and even more about the country we all share.
Climate change is the central environmental issue of our time. But A Hole in the Wind is also about the people Dave met and the experiences he had along the way, like the toddler's beauty pageant in Delaware, the tornado in Missouri, rust-belt towns and their relationship with fracking, and the mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming. As he rides, David will discuss the climate with audiences varying from laboratories to diners to elementary schools.
Beautifully simple, direct, and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a fresh, refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic, and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive.
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Table of Contents
1 Delaware: The Sea Approaches 1
2 Maryland: The Way to Get to Oregon 11
3 The Pennsylvania Gold Rush 23
4 Ohio: Tim Hortons, Armadillos, and Climate Change 41
5 Ohio: Awakenings 48
6 Indiana: Rain Games 59
7 Illinois: On Mr. Jefferson's Road 66
8 Missouri: The Best Place in a Tornado 70
9 South Dakota: Night on Stronghold Table 79
10 Nebraska: The One 97
11 Kansas: Small Hours on the High Plains 101
12 Colorado: A Visit to the Science City 116
13 Colorado: The Forests of Cameron Pass 128
14 Wyoming: The Pottery Studio at the End of the Earth 139
15 Wyoming: The Grand, Straight Ahead 148
16 Idaho-Montana Part I: Fire 155
17 Idaho-Montana Part II: Ice 176
18 To Oregon and the Sea 195
19 Climate and the Future 209
Appendix: Nuts and Bolts 229
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful presentaion of the impacts climate change is having on our planet. The bicycle travel and history of the little towns keeps you engrossed and turning the pages. Kind of like a "spoonfull of sugar" you almost don't realize how much climate science you are reading. Not just a book for bicylists. The bicycle travel is jist the framework for the real message of the author's observations of how climaye change is impacting our world and how the people he met react to that knowledge. Great read!
Impending doom , a quest for truth, and the bike ride of a lifetime provide the momentum for this story. It is an enjoyable, easy read that clearly explains the dangers of climate change - as well as suggestions for “turning the ship around”. Even if science is not your cup of tea, but you just want to explore our nation from the comfort of your easy chair, this is the book for you. I dream of one day enjoying a long bike ride like this - or any of the “shorter” rides mentioned. Goodrich provides plenty of advice for the road. Would love to sit down and have a beer with him and hear even more stories from land and sea!