Summary of The Climate Fix

What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell You About Global Warming

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The Climate Fix book summary
A sensible approach to the climate change debate transcends exaggeration and uncertainty.


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The debate over mitigating the effects of climate change has become extremely politicized. Policy makers manipulate scientists, and scientists oblige them, while those opposed to regulation use uncertainties in the science to justify inaction. Professor Roger Pielke Jr. cuts through the emotion, rhetoric and posturing to find a solid foundation for effective policy. He explains climate change and emissions reduction through the lens of political possibility, and offers environmental action that embraces economic growth. He explains why emission-reduction targets won’t work and why taxation policies might. His thorough treatise can be wonky, but getAbstract recommends his vision to policy makers, energy industry reformers and concerned citizens.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why no policy can cover all the factors that lead to climate change,
  • Why “decarbonizing” the world economy makes sense,
  • What drives the global warming debate, and
  • Why “cap and trade” policies won’t work but a straight carbon tax will.


Climate Science Facts
Human activity puts more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere than the oceans, soil and air can safely absorb. Scientists fear – though they are not certain if or when – that the planet may reach a tipping point when too much carbon...
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About the Author

University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke Jr., author of The Honest Broker, has published articles in the Washington Post and Atlantic Monthly, and appears on TV and radio. He was formerly a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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