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    A renowned climate scientist shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a 30-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.

    Recycle. Fly less. Eat less meat. These are some of the ways that we've been told can slow climate change. But the inordinate emphasis on individual behavior is the result of a marketing campaign that has succeeded in placing the responsibility for fixing climate change squarely on the shoulders of individuals.

    Fossil fuel companies have followed the example of other industries deflecting blame (think "guns don't kill people, people kill people") or greenwashing (think of the beverage industry's "Crying Indian" commercials of the 1970s). Meanwhile, they've blocked efforts to regulate or price carbon emissions, run PR campaigns aimed at discrediting viable alternatives, and have abdicated their responsibility in fixing the problem they've created. The result has been disastrous for our planet.

    In The New Climate War, Mann argues that all is not lost. He draws the battle lines between the people and the polluters-fossil fuel companies, right-wing plutocrats, and petrostates. And he outlines a plan for forcing our governments and corporations to wake up and make real change, including: 

    • A common-sense, attainable approach to carbon pricing- and a revision of the well-intentioned but flawed currently proposed version of the Green New Deal
    • Allowing renewable energy to compete fairly against fossil fuels
    • Debunking the false narratives and arguments that have worked their way into the climate debate and driven a wedge between even those who support climate change solutions
    • Combatting climate doomism and despair-mongering

    With immensely powerful vested interests aligned in defense of the fossil fuel status quo, the societal tipping point won't happen without the active participation of citizens everywhere aiding in the collective push forward. This book will reach, inform, and enable citizens everywhere to join this battle for our planet.

    ©2021 Michael E. Mann (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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    "Fossil fuel companies have, for decades longer than I have been alive, been the largest contributors to the climate crisis that affects my generation today - all in pursuit of profits and growth. In The New Climate War, Michael Mann holds them to account, and shows us how we can take the bold steps we must all take together to win the battle to save this planet." (Greta Thunberg, climate activist)

    "This book takes the reader behind the front lines into the decades long information war waged by the fossil fuel industry and those that share their interests. From his perspective as a leader in the battle for scientific reason, Michael Mann provides hope and a roadmap for all of us to address the systemic issues fueling climate change, and shows how we can come together to wage a new war in the fight for our future." (Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and environmental activist)

    "Few people bear more scars from the climate wars than Michael Mann - and few have fought longer and harder for a basic, rational approach to dealing with this greatest of crises. Because of his persistence - and that of so many others - we are finally making progress!" (Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?)

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    • Kathleen M. Lee
    • 15/02/2021

    A good overview of the status of Climate Politics

    There is not a great deal of new information for those who have been following the issue closely but it is a great explanatory book for those who have not and might be wondering why more has not been done to address climate change. I found that the often sarcastic tone of the narrator took away from the power of the text. That level of snark might put off those who have not fully embraced the severity of the problem and the need for aggressive action to combat it.

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    • Desert Reader
    • 27/01/2021

    Oddly Simplistic Thinking

    Mann, quite unexpectedly, winds up sounding like a kind of one-trick pony, loudly and repetitively proclaiming the superiority of collective behaviors and policy change, while inexplicably going out of his way to minimize the importance of individual behavior and providing his own deflection campaign for individual irresponsibility. At times he sounds like a paid lobbyist for the beef industry or airline industries.

    Very disappointing coming from one of the most distinguished scientists in the field of climate change.

    Perhaps the smell of his backyard barbecues and the taste of well-cooked livestock overwhelms his critical thinking.

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    • John Burke
    • 30/04/2021

    Interesting summation of climate change politics

    Very good summary of the forces at work to derail the political action to avert the worst consequences of climate change. Sometimes Mr Mann goes too deep into the weeds if the climate denial personalities but overall it is eye opening about the forces at work. Finally, a hopeful message about the tipping point being reached by the public on the reality of climate change.

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    • Nicola Rebagliati
    • 27/04/2021

    The fossil fuel inaction propaganda

    It's mainly an account of the propaganda that the fossil fuel industry does against Climate Change, up to these days, as it was lived by the author himself. Then the author, a climatologist, convincingly explains to take action and how to face this seemingly impossible... challenge for our creativity, our courage, our resilience and our love towards this planet.

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    • Shane D Zanath
    • 17/04/2021

    Exposing climate denial 2.0

    Michael Mann is undoubtedly one of the leading climate scientists in the world. If you've read any of his others works, you know he's arguably the leading expert in how climate change denial and inaction stem from massively funded misinformation campaigns. But the rules are changing. Contrarians realize they are fighting a losing battle with climate denial, as denial is no longer an attainable position, and even THE GOP/right wing is beginning to acknowledge the reality of human caused climate change.

    Instead of denial, the contrarians have shifted their focus to turn the climate activists against each other by overstating the role of personal responsibility in creating change (policy is going to do much more than people changing habits), and additionally by reinforcing the "new narrative" myth as follows: sure climate change is happening, but it's so bad and overwhelming that fighting it is a futile effort. As Mann explains, this couldn't be further from the truth. Far from not being able to do anything, we have it in capacity to resolve almost everything. According to Mann, we have many- perhaps even most- of the tools to make the required changes recommended by the IPCC guidelines. Now it's all about getting the right policies in place, and staying active in policy, while making sure we never become complacent on this matter again.

    The main thing I did not like and wish Mann would have done differently was using fairly hostile or belittling language to describe others he disagreed with that are in the fight, and on his same side nonetheless! He seemed rather ruthless in pulling his punches against fellow activists of differing opinions; treating them with the same disgust at times that he has justifiably had for the Koch Brothers. It seemed like by the end, Mann may have offended just about every fellow activist and scientist involved in the movement!

    For only one example, he went after Bill Gates extremely hard; focusing on how Gates was not a climate scientist, and belittled Gates for contributing to research in geoengineering. It almost seemed personal? I think Mann had a great point about avoiding words like "catastrophe" and "disaster" (Gates new book is How to Avoid a Climate Disaster) to mitigate driving the public into fear and helplessness with this language. But Mann went way too hard on Gates IMO. Ironically the 1st thing Gates had written in aforementioned new book is that he's just a billionaire with an opinion, and Gates also emphasizes that geoengineering would ONLY ever be considered as the last ditch "break glass in case of emergency" type solution.

    I don't know why Mann is so opposed to even studying geoengineering. There's a lot of other great scientists like David Deutsch, who as a formal member of the Royal Society has promoted the exploration of geoengineering, and his opinion within the last decade was that we were going to require some form of geoengineering.

    This is by far the longest review I've ever written, because I was somewhat suprised to see Mann so hostile at times and wanted to point it out. But with that said, this is absolutely crucial information on arguably the most important dilemma of our time. Mann steps in to his mentor Carl Sagan's proverbial Demon Haunted World of the New Climate War, and lights a flame. Mann does an excellent job as always using Science as a Candle in the Dark; marrying skepticism and wonder in this must read book.

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    • Y. Kim
    • 20/03/2021

    Quite thoroughly studied

    This book is worth reading for its thorough coverage over the issue of climate crisis response.
    The book lists problems and solutions for the specific areas in the order of the largest greenhouse gas emissions so that we can know what has more priorities from energy infrastructure to heating and cooling home.
    As he pointed out in his book, we still have hope to solve this massive problem of climate change crisis. However, the problem is not nature responding to our action but us human. How we do things will make difference.
    I appreciate his effort toward climate change as well as vaccines. He is making a living contributing to the world and human well being not like many conglomerates or billionaires who only think of their own wealth.
    I agree with his very neutral and well-balanced view. Some worried about his view on geo-engineering, he only consider it as a last resort. I agree with him that we better have a tool rather than none for temporal response in case we need it.
    Although he explains somewhat in unnecessary details of regular things on many topics, of which most readers who read climate change books may already well know, I think it's worth mentioning to think about thorough response to this crisis.


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    • Amazon Customer
    • 15/02/2021

    Name-calling and disparaging at its finest.

    If you like "Hurray for my side, and if you don't agree with me then you are a science-denying tool of the evil fossile fuel industry . . . and probably a white male too (you jerk)!" then you will enjoy this book.