The oil industry's hold on economies and politics has dominated the 20th century. The oil industry expects no different in the next. Yet if oil and other fossil fuels continue to be used at the current rate, the world is heading for environmental disater. Since the end of the 1980s, global warming has grown to be widely accepted as the single biggest threat to a viable future. This work is an insiders account of the global warming crisis, beginning with Jeremy Leggetts days as a progressively guilt striken oil consultant in 1988, his turnaround and resignation, and his work as a senior campaigner for greenpeace, doing battle with the mighty "carbon club" - the fossil fuel lobbyists - for cuts in greenhouse emissions. This document reveals the main players and business intrests behind the scenes, and urges the reader to look to the future before its to late.
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"...one of the half-dozen experts most responsible for putting the climate change issue on the international agenda." -- Washington Post, January 1996
"A ringside seat during 10 years of intense negotiations among some of the most powerful political and economic forces in the world ...vastly broadens our understanding ...a revelation. Suddenly the apparently contradictory nature of so much we have heard and read falls into place..." -- Glasgow Herald
"Essential reading... the best book yet about the politics of global warming." -- The Sundays Times, 5 September 1999
"Jeremy Leggett must be given credit for the best brainwave the green movement has had on how to combat global warming. -- Paul Brown - Environment Correspondent,The Guardian - "Global Warming: Can Civilizarion Survice," Blandford, 1996
"Leggett has done more to change attitudes towards the solar resource than almost any other individual ...he can claim to have put it firmly on the map this year." -- Financial Times, 3 September 1999
"Racy... a powerful and highly readable book. Those who want a crash course on the nature of today's environmental movement and the politics of the climate negotiations can be assured of an excellent, reliable read" -- New Scientist
"Sunshine superman ...the scientist who hauled big business over the coals then took up the power game." -- The Guardian, 12 August 1999
"a must for anyone interested in how a few global oil corporations hijack governments". -- The Guardian, 11 August 1999
A vital way to fight in the carbon war is to "go solar."
The experiences I describe in the first decade of the carbon war will probably horrify those who have not been exposed to the full evidence of how bad the global-warming threat is, and how malign has been the oil and coal industrys' defence of the energy status quo. But it is my hope that the book will not sow seeds of despair. It is important to fight back, and a good way to do that is help solar electric energy replace the use coal and oil. Solar Century, the company I set up with the help of worried industrialists - as described towards the end of the book - is trying to do that. Since the book was completed, we have shown that solar electric technology works well even in cloudy countries like the UK. The challenge now is to help bring about mass production, and hence lower prices. The oil companies (for the most part) have been trying to stop this happening for years, as The Carbon War shows. Any person, organisation or company can help build on the partial victory for the environment described in the book.
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