There is only one earth and our world is undergoing dramatic changes brought on by the climate crisis and other human-induced ecological disruptions. The world's top scientists studying these threats and the forces behind them have been warning us for decades to end the use of fossil fuels or face catastrophic consequences. Countering the still small voices of science, our democratic system of government has been rigged largely by the fossil fuel industry and other special interests leaving America hoodwinked and held hostage to dirty fuels. Campaigning politicians claim to be working for us when in fact they are being paid and controlled by fierce special interests.
As a lifetime environmental insider in the struggle against fossil fuel interests I have written this book to better equip Americans for the struggle ahead. Since 1978, I spent my career in the struggle to end carbon pollution in all of its forms and I have taken a unique perspective on the far-reaching corrupt forces at work in government at all levels.
This is an urgent message aimed at parents and grandparents who care about their children forced to live on the ragged edge of an unprecedented climate crisis. This book is also for young leaders who understand that we must act now with a "Green New Deal" scale response. Together, we must confront and overcome the many toxic money influences, reverse a failing democracy and retake the reins of government to enact policies that secure our shared future and the future of life on earth.
We must work together. Learn how powerful forces operating behind the curtain have been orchestrating our system for their benefit and our ultimate downfall. Discover ways we can work together to fix a broken system and reclaim leadership to stem the climate crisis and avoid the ecological meltdown that threatens a million species on Earth. Together, we can and must reclaim our government and restore our precarious environment. We must confront the lies and end gerrymandering, voter suppression and other political manipulations that thwart progress to a clean energy future. We must respond to the climate crisis with a bold plan to convert to a carbon-free energy future. By acting now, we can still change the outcome of life on earth.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
The First Thirty Years: Environmental Awakening
Chapter 1: The Modern Environmental Movement
of the 20th Century 3
Powerful Special Interests Aligned Against
Chapter 2: Fossil Fuel Money: Stoking Relentless
Climate Change 19
Chapter 3: Lies, Broken Promises, and Massive
Oil Spills 49
Chapter 4: Its Time for an Oil Change, Clean Cars,
and Clean Energy 79
Chapter 5: Modern Union Busting, and the Decline of
Chapter 6: Frack-Gas: A Bridge Too Far 99SECTION III
For Our Children
Chapter 7: Hoodwinked and Held Hostage 141
Chapter 8: The U.S. Supreme Court is Undermining
Democracy and Preventing Action on the
Climate Crisis 159
Chapter 9: Environmental Protection in the
Trump Era 191
Chapter 10: As Fires, and Floods Rage as Two Worlds
are Colliding 217
Chapter 11: Repairing the Guardrails: Handing
Off to a New Generation of Leaders 239
Chapter 12: The Betrayal of Our Children:
A Grandfather’s Lament 253
About the Author 335