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Fools Rule: Inside the Failed Politics of Climate Change

by William Marsden

ISBN: 9780307398253
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From the National Business Book Award-winning author of "Stupid to the Last Drop," a captivating polemic on the global failure to deal with climate change. Kyoto, 1997. Montreal, 2005. Copenhagen, 2009. Cancun, 2010. In "Fools Rule," Marsden illustrates how inefficient and short-sighted political negotiations have become despite mounting scientific evidence that immediate action is essential to curb the effects of climate change. International climate change summits are now widely monitored events, attended by state leaders and crowded with journalists; yet somehow they have never been less productive. Treaties and action plans are smothered by economic self-interest, diplomatic errors and every nation's hungry scramble for its share of the remaining atmospheric space. Marsden takes us from inside the bungled negotiations at Copenhagen to the melting glaciers and untapped oil reserves of the Arctic; he shows us the paralyzing effect oil and gas companies have on green legal initiatives in the United States, and therefore on any international climate change treaty; and, with wit and penetrating insight, he asks the toughest question—will we be able to change before it's too late?

Author Biography

WILLIAM MARSDEN is author of Stupid to the Last Drop and co-author of the national bestsellers Angels of Death and The Road to Hell. He is a senior investigative reporter for the Gazette in Montreal. i>From the Hardcover edition.

Review

"William Marsden is one of the finest investigative journalists to ever come out of Canada." --The Gazette

"A well-researched, highly readable follow-up to...Stupid to the Last Drop." --Winnipeg Free Press

"A thorough journalistic exposure of the denial which currently undermines our political negotiations and an affirmation of the primacy of the science which points to inescapable climate change." --Hot Topic (New Zealand)

"Marsden in full, angry, rhetorical flight is a force to behold." Toronto Star

"As Marsden's book amply demonstrates, a new course on addressing climate change is essential if we're going to save more human lives in the future." --The Georgia Straight

Review Quote

"William Marsden is one of the finest investigative journalists to ever come out of Canada." -The Gazette "A well-researched, highly readable follow-up to... Stupid to the Last Drop ." -Winnipeg Free Press "A thorough journalistic exposure of the denial which currently undermines our political negotiations and an affirmation of the primacy of the science which points to inescapable climate change." -Hot Topic (New Zealand) "Marsden in full, angry, rhetorical flight is a force to behold." -Toronto Star "As Marsden's book amply demonstrates, a new course on addressing climate change is essential if we're going to save more human lives in the future." -The Georgia Straight

Excerpt from Book

Arne Bang Mikkelsen was a happy man. And why not? The convention had gone as planned. His logistics were flawless. During the two weeks from December 4 to 18, 2009, when world leaders met in Copenhagen and spectacularly failed to produce a global agreement on climate change, Arne found success in feeding and watering them. The enormous food production system that mankind had been perfecting over the last eight thousand years--in the process conquering nature and altering normal climatic cycles--had worked. As chief executive of the huge hangar-like Bella Conference Center where the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference was held, he was "really proud," he said, that during the thirteen-day event the appetites of 45,000 people had been well served, the multitude having consumed three hundred tons of food including fish, poultry, beef, vegetables, fresh fruit and Danish hot dogs ( p

Description for Sales People

Marsden won the National Business Book Award for Stupid to the Last Drop (Vintage, 2007). Marsden also co-authored bestselling titles Angels of Death (Vintage, 2007) and The Road to Hell (Vintage, 2004). With the lack of progress at the Cancun 2010 summit, people continue to wonder about the future of the environment. A must-read for anyone interested in climate change and environmentalism.

Product Details

Author
William Marsden
Short Title
FOOLS RULE
Publisher
Vintage Books Canada
Language
English
ISBN-10
0307398250
ISBN-13
9780307398253
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2012
Subtitle
Inside the Failed Politics of Climate Change
Country of Publication
United States
Pages
328
Publication Date
2012-08-15
Audience
General/Trade