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Fools Rule: Inside the Failed Politics of Climate Change

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This eloquent, rage-inciting polemic about the global failure to deal with climate change will appeal to readers of Tim Flannery, George Monbiot and Bill McKibben - and anyone concerned with the economic and environmental future of our planet.

Kyoto, 1997. Montreal, 2005. Copenhagen, 2009. Cancun, 2010. In Fools Rule, Marsden illustrates how inefficient and short-sighted po
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Knopf Canada (first published January 1st 2011)
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The bad part: unproductive international summits. Disappearing nation-states. Oil mongers continued natural resource exploitation in the name of greed. No pun intended, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The worst part: its not an Orwellian dystopia. It is real and for some, too late. William Marsden in Fools Rule: Inside the Failed Politics of Climate Change tells two stories. Backed by empirical evidence and glaciology, the first, (correctly) posits the changing environmental shape of the g ...more
It is interesting to compare Marsden's account of what happened at Coppenhagen with Hilary Clinton's. We truly are ruled by fools as is evident by the lack of progress in Peru. I think his other book Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn't Seem to Care) a better written book.
Gerard Fryer
Believe it or not, it is not the usual exposé of global warming deniers. It is far more sobering: a detailed account of the various UN Framework conventions and how each of them was doomed to failure. These gloomy chapters are interspersed with brighter forays out onto glaciers in Canada's high arctic (though with predictably gloomy conclusions). After reading the thing, I was left more than ever convinced that James Lovelock is right about global warming: we are just too stupid to do anything a ...more
Susan Paxton
Important reading if a tad uneven. The segments about the UN climate change meetings are a bit tedious, but when he gets out in the field, his reporting is sparkling. We, as a species, are literally committing suicide, and Canada is a prime contributer, as it has its own tick-like infestation of "conservatives."
Mar 20, 2012 Charlotte rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Charlotte by: freethinkers bookclub
A good, but rather depressing, read. Our future's looking pretty grim if we don't act fast. . .
Andrea McDowell
one of the many climate change books that has made me ashamed to be Canadian.
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