The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle over their tobacco-baron masters ran clinical research stud- Earthfs Threatened Climate. Ross Gelbspan . ies through their shredders. 1997 . 27 8 pp . $23.00 . Hardbound . Addison-Wesley. Ironically, as Gelbspan lucidly outlines in subse- ISB N 0-201-13295-8. quent chapters, the fuel industry defenders of unre- stricted carbon burning are increasingly isolated in the business community. The insurance industry has be- Writing in the breathless style of a supermarket tab- come convinced that the weather statistics that so loid, Ross Gelbspan turns the muckraker's spotlight strongly influence its profitability are shifting. Even on the currently contentious issue of global warming. within the fuel industry, leading firms such as Shell He finds much muck to rake. In richly documented and BP are preparing for a transition from fossil fuels detail, he exposes the relentless, lavishly funded, and to renewable energy sources. Moreover, the steamroll- surprisingly influential disinformation campaign ers of international scientific consensus and intergov- mounted by certain fuel industry groups to discredit the international scientific consensus on global warm- ernmental negotiations are inexorably moving forward ing and derail preventative steps that constrain fossil toward constraints on greenhouse gas emissions. fuel
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 1997
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