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on June 14, 2011
Jamie Osborne makes the valid point that this book is about frustration AND science... which is a pity, I think.

Plus points - the history and science is well presented, as is the case for change. I am not convinced that the proposed manner of change that Hansen recommends has been figured out well enough but I think most readers would be happy with it as a broad framework. In each chapter, Hansen draws you into his thinking first, and his emotions last, and in the middle is the rationale, which is always just one short measure more technical than his audience will think they can handle... I'm not at all surprised that Hansen is a very effective research team leader, nor that several members of his team have worked with him for many, many years.

BUT - he has found his attempts to convince policy-setters enormously frustrating; that might be understandable but as soon as a writer lets that frustration leak into his prose, his scientific argument assumes a bias from which it is impossible to recover. Pity. The world needs a brilliant communicator to champion several lifesaving causes - Gen IV nuclear reactors being just one of them. Hansen is nearly it - but not quite.
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