Inside the Failed Politics of Climate Change
by William Marsden
QC903 .M37 2011
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
I just spent the last five days driving over a thousand miles around the great states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, all in the name of the holidays. The best part: I didn’t have to worry about weather being a factor at any point in the trip. In fact, as most people lamented [or cheered] on Facebook, there was no white Christmas. Because of this, I couldn’t pass up the book with the cover image of a plastic snowman in the middle of a dusty field.
Marsden, an investigative journalist for the Gazette in Montréal, sets his sights on the international efforts, or lack of efforts, for cooperation on the topic of climate change. He goes well beyond the shallow media glances at the gatherings of nations to figure out just why the world’s leaders refuse to support environmental reform. The author reviews the apocalyptic studies that scientists reference in their urging politicians to act sooner rather than later. Marsden then traces the money that flows from outside interests to the pockets of the lawmakers. This isn’t Marsden’s first environmental exposé, as he won an award from his Stupid To the Last Drop, which points the finger at Alberta’s destructive oil industry in Canada.