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The Climate War by Eric Pooley
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Jan 19, 2011

really liked it
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Read in January, 2011

A book about the politics of climate change, not the science. Centers around a few environmental and corporate leaders willing to grudgingly compromise with each other over the years (who achieve progress comparable to a snail in a hamster wheel), but also follows many other players including extremists on all sides and the Bush and Obama administrations. It does a decent job of treating everyone fairly, with the understanding that fairly does not mean "in the most positive light". The multi-year building of relationships and common ground is agonizingly slow but very realistic.

The heart of the issues always seems to return to moral dilemmas. Is it right to reward polluters with $$$ to help solve the problem, or can you risk waiting years for more and more consequences to change public opinion? How much do you value business or your election chances versus how much do you value your grandchildren? It is disheartening that we East African Plains Apes have such difficulty dealing with complex long term threats, but on the other hand we are out-competing the heck out of those tigers.
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