Book – Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan

 …it is worth repeating that climate change is not just another issue in this complicated world of proliferating issues. It is the issue that, unchecked, will swamp all the other issues.

                Ross Gelbspan
                Long time reporter for The Philadelphia Bulletin,
                The Washington Post and The Boston Globe
                Joint-Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Of the several authors I’ve read on the Climate Crisis, Gelbspan is the most sensationalistic and the least careful about the quality of his sources. He cites facts drawn from newspapers side-by-side with facts drawn from peer-reviewed publications. He is a reporter first rather than dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist and he is relatively new to the subject. One gets the impression that the facts he pulls together are organized as much to shock his readers as to educate them. He is passionate and even angry about his subject. He is honest, however – the facts and the general patterns of information that he provides are, indeed, the same facts and patterns that appear in the other books. But, unlike the others, he is obsessed with the goal of dealing with global warming and unconcerned with impartially telling both sides or in alienating anyone. Whereas other authors will murmur about the inertia of vested interests in the oil and coal industries, Gelbspan will point-blank call the same thing ‘crimes against humanity’. Whereas most of the others want to preserve their ability to work with the administration when necessary, and thus gently coax and chide it, Gelbspan doesn’t care and his recounting of the sequence and events of this and previous administration’s malfeasance on climate issues is brutally candid.
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