In The Heat Is On, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan exposes the deliberate campaign by oil and coal interests, teamed with conservative politicians, to confuse the public about global warming and the disruptive weather patterns that mark its initial stages. He shows how these fossil fuel proponents have supported the efforts of a small but highly vocal group of "scientific skeptics" whose statements distort the nature of scientific debate, raising doubts in the public mind about this threat that is, in fact, a matter of solid scientific consensus. Gelbspan sets the record straight with contributions from four of the world's leading climate scientists.
“Ross Gelbspan, with a
background in science writing and the instincts of an investigative
reporter, has woven together an incisive and timely analysis of a contentious
debate regarding politics and the interpretation of scientific findings
related to global climate change. The author is relentless in his efforts
both to discern the facts as known through scientific inquiry and to
discover the underlying reasons for the range of expert opinions regarding
responsible use of this information. Gelbspan’s powerful message is
that much of the variance in the seriousness with which results of climate
change research are taken by members of the scientific community, and
thus represented to the public, can be explained by financial interests,
interests that until now have been largely hidden from public view.”
About the Author
Ross Gelbspan has been an editor and reporter at The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He covered the first U.N. Conference on the Environment in Stockholm in 1972, and coauthored a four-part series on the occasion of the second U.N. Conference in 1992. His work has appeared in Harper’s and numerous other publications.
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