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Intelligent Analysis, with Small & Large Options,
This review is from: Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis (Paperback)
For all the controversy about climate change or energy independence, this book makes me wonder how much progress could be made if we stopped debating the problem and used the same time and effort solving it. Even if you think these are "small" problems, this book shows just how many options we have, right now, with small or large costs. Small costs could be as simple as fixing some leaky windows or conserving a bit of energy, which will save any household money. The book also describes larger and more expensive efforts, such as wind turbines, solar, and other technologies that already exist. But, Gore makes a convincing case that cheaper energy resources now could be more expensive in the future. For example, if we use more cheap coal and populated coastlines face higher sea-levels, then today's cheap energy becomes tomorrow's expensive problem. Gore does clarify that the entire process of addressing global warming will be challenging, but like any changes in life, we can start with the easy stuff and take on more challenging items next.
The analogy to cigarette smoking makes a lot of sense. It took decades for people to believe that smoking kills, largely because many scientists said smoking didn't affect health. Many people criticized advocates of anti-smoking campaigns, just like many criticize Gore now. It's worth mentioning that many people still smoke, still ignore the overwhelming body of research showing that smoking kills. Gore summarizes the overwhelming body of research (with specific citations) showing the existence of human-made global warming. He also makes a convincing case for starting to solve the problem with existing, low-cost options, and moving on to more ambitious options. It's refreshing to see the problem of global warming or energy independence described so clearly along with many possible solutions.