March 17, 2010
The 411 on "The Climate Fix" by Roger Pielke Jr.
Update (3/31/11): A new review from Mark Sagoff in Issues in Science and Technology (not yet available online):
The great achievement of The Climate Fix is to make the obvious obvious. No small feat in these confused times.
Breakthrough Senior Fellow Roger Pielke Jr. has released his second book, "The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell You About Global Warming," a timely, must-read discussion about why technology innovation will be the key to mitigating climate change.
Earlier this month, we posted early reviews of the book, but since then "The Climate Fix" has received more high acclaim. In addition to the reviews below, you'll find an excerpt from Pielke Jr.'s interview with the Houston Chronicle as well as details about upcoming book events and ways to get your hands on a copy.
From Eric Berger, the SciGuy at the Houston Chronicle:
Overall the book provides a good explanation of why cap-and-trade policies probably will fail on a global scale, and does a very nice job of outlining the magnitude of the challenge of decarbonization. It is enormous in the face of rising energy demand.
Read the full interview transcript here.
From the Booklist, of the American Library Association (subs. Req'd):
For navigating a treacherous field with grace and aplomb, Pielke deserves much praise. Whether readers will feel reassured or not after reading his measured words and patient call for a broad-based climate policy will depend on future political response.
From the Financial Post:
[T]he real value in The Climate Fix is its exposé of the disastrous interface between science and political policy as orchestrated by the United Nations. The impact of that mix of science and policy has created a global policy environment that is politicized, absurd, insane, economically unreal, technologically ignorant and ultimately doomed...
Meanwhile, it's too bad the thousands of UN delegates in China today don't have The Climate Fix in their briefcases.
From the Economist:
[T[he arguments for an energy-innovation approach to climate seem currently to be gaining ground, if only faute de mieux. For those who want to understand them, this is a very good place to start.
Pielke's approach to climate science and policy-making is based on pragmatism and common sense...My feeling after reading The Climate Fix is that it should be required reading for all UN Framework Convention on Climate Change delegations and members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
"Climate Collapse - and the Climate Fix": An Interview with TIME's Bryan Walsh and Roger Pielke, Jr.
First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club
October 11, 2010
Interview with KQED's Gretchen Weber and Roger Pielke, Jr.
San Francisco Commonwealth Club
October 15, 2010
To see a full listing of events in "The Climate Fix" national book tour click here. For event information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Climate Fix" is available in bookstores, Amazon.com, and other online outlets now. To read an excerpt from the book, visit the official website.
Australians can find more information about purchasing the book here.