January 25, 2008

Book Review - Hell and High Water

Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
Joseph Romm
QC 981.8 .G56 R66 2007

Scientist and policy advocate Romm writes in order to alert readers about the imminent crisis that will result if American environmental and energy policies do not change. He asserts that the United States has ten years at most to make drastic reductions in its production of greenhouse gases. At the same time, he believes that is the role of the United States to persuade the rest of the world, particularly China and India, to do the same. Romm argues that the government spending and policies necessary to produce these sharp reductions have been blocked by conservatives who deny the warnings of scientists. This politically charged critique is grounded by references to scientific studies and government documents, but also includes references to news and other general interest materials for non-experts.