Jim Hansen is a self-confessed poor communicator, and in my view has chosen a monotonous narrator for this important work, but his messages on climate change, their causes and their remedies are based on thorough science and reasoning, are articulated clearly and must be acted upon.
His excursions into the politics and issues he has faced provide critical context and testimony to the difficulty of his plight, and illuminate the power and influence of the forces working in the interests of the fossil fuel sector. In my view, far from being tiresome, these excursions lend weight to the difficulty we all face in travelling the road ahead, and identify additional actions that need to be taken to help the survival of our planet; namely removing or otherwise mitigating the effects of special interest money from politics. For me, this book has achieved 3 main things. 1) It has left me convinced the planet is in far worse shape than the IPCC eludes to, and that situation is accelerating in the wrong direction and we are almost out of time. 2) In conjunction with James Lovelock's "the changing face of Gaia", I am now pro-GenIV nuclear power as a large scale, interim technology on the road to sustainable, renewable non-nuclear energy. 3) It has led me to believe the fight against special interest money in politics is just as serious a matter as climate change.
Thank you Dr Hansen for your persistence, thinking and overt caring for our planet and environment and for taking the hits you have.
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