“We can solve the climate crisis. It will be hard, to be sure, but if we choose to solve it, I have no doubt whatsoever that we can and will succeed.”

The Crisis


p. 12 the late American novelist Kurt Vonnegut wrote
Kurt Vonnegut, Fates Worse Than Death (New York, The Berkley Publishing Group, 1991): 116.
p. 18 will probably be five and a half times more
United Nations Population Division, Population, Environment and Development: The Concise Report (New York, United Nations, 2001): 1. Available at http://www.un.org/spanish/esa/population/C2001English.pdf

United Nations, World Population Prospects, The 2008 Revision: Highlights (New York, United Nations, 2009): p. vii. Available at http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2008/wpp2008_highlights.pdf
p. 18 The International Energy Agency... reported last year that
Steve Connor, “Warning: Oil supplies are running out fast,” The Independent, August 3, 2009. Available at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/warning-oil-supplies-are-running-out-fast-1766585.html
p. 18 T. Boone Pickens... stated in August 2008
Osha Gray Davidson, “National Clean Energy Summit | Tweeting Las Vegas,” Mother Jones, August 11, 2009. Available at http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2009/08/national-clean-energy-summit-20-tweeting-las-vegas

Also, see: “T. Boone Pickens: we peaked last year, globally,” Global Public Media, October 23, 2007. Available at http://www.globalpublicmedia.com/t_boone_pickens_we_peaked_last_year_globally
p. 18 spends close to half a trillion dollars per year for foreign oil
Bureau of the Census, Foreign Trade Division, “Imports of Energy-Related Petroleum Products, Including Crude Oil,” 2009. Available at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/current_press_release/exh17.txt

In 2008, imported crude petroleum totaled $341.9 billion; total energy-related petroleum products totaled $438.7 billion.
p. 20 According to the U.N., global warming is a primary cause of the spread of deserts
“Climate more than land misuse spreading deserts,” Reuters, September 12, 2007. Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSL1276068020070912
p. 21 that drove the price of oil to $145 a barrel
Adam Schreck, “Oil prices settle above $145 a barrel; Bush lifts offshore drilling ban,” USA Today, July 14, 2008. Available at http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-07-14-oil-monday_N.htm
p. 21 China has been using its vast current account surpluses to buy up
“China prepares to buy up foreign oil companies,” Telegraph, February 22, 2009. Available at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/4781037/China-prepares-to-buy-up-foreign-oil-companies.html
p. 21 embarked upon an ambitious plan to dominate the production of solar panels
Keith Bradsher, “China Racing Ahead of U.S. in the Drive to Go Solar,” The New York Times, August 24, 2009. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/business/energy-environment/25solar.html
p. 21 will also soon become the largest source of wind power
“China poised to be world leader in renewable energy, expert predicts,” Agence France Presse, January 9, 2008. Available at http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hUyQ6EbxQxKRH0Bx5m0W5EwPwwZg

“US and China in race to the top of global wind industry,” Global Wind Energy Council, February 2, 2009. Available at http://www.gwec.net/index.php?id=30&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=177
p. 21 building an 800-kilovolt super grid
“China steps up in building UHV power line,” China Daily, February 7, 2009. Available at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2009-02/07/content_7454327.htm
p. 21 what the Peterson Institute... describes as an economic catastrophe in the making
Bergsten, C. Fred (ed.), Special Report 20: The Long-Term International Economic Position of the United States (Peterson Institute for International Economics: May 2009).
p. 21 the U.S. current account deficit stood at
Bureau of Economic Analysis, “U.S. International Transactions: First Quarter 2009,” June 17, 2009. Available at http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/transactions/2009/txt/trans109.txt
p. 21 driven in part by $46 billion in imports
Bureau of Economic Analysis, “U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services,” August 12, 2009. Available at http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/2009/pdf/trad0609.pdf
p. 21 The world authority on the climate crisis... evidence is “unequivocal”
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report (Geneva, Switzerland, IPCC: 2007): 30. Available at http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_ipcc_fourth_assessment_report_synthesis_report.htm
p. 22 at least 10 percent of global warming pollution
Kevin Baumert, Timothy Herzog, and Jonathan Pershing, Navigating the Numbers: Greenhouse Gas Data and International Climate Policy, World Resource Institute, 2005, page 4. Available at http://pdf.wri.org/navigating_numbers.pdf
p. 24 The late German philosopher Theodor Adorno first described this transformation
Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life (Verso, 2005): 109. Originally published by Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt, 1951.
p. 24 The governor of Hawaii... personally examined and publicly verified
Jeff Zeleny, “Persistent 'Birthers' Fringe Disorients Strategists,” The New York Times, August 4, 2009. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/us/politics/05zeleny.html
p. 24 Libraries in Hawaii provided copies of contemporaneous birth announcements
Dan Nakaso, “Hawaii officials confirm Obama's original birth certificate still exists,” The Honolulu Advertiser, July 28, 2009. Available at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2009/Jul/28/ln/hawaii907280345.html
p. 24 millions of people continue to dispute these established facts
Sarah Abruzzese and Jon Ward, “Poll finds doubts on Obama's birth,” The Washington Times, August 6, 2009. Available at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/06/poll-finds-doubts-on-obamas-birth/
p. 24 some even suggested the possibility... Kenyan birth certificate
Rachel Weiner, “Orly Taitz Doubles Down on Kenyan Birth Certificate,” The Huffington Post, August 4, 2009. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/04/orly-taitz-doubles-down-o_n_251251.html
p. 24 the conclusions of which were unanimously endorsed by the national academies of science
The Royal Society, “Joint Science Academies' Statement: Global Response to Climate Change,” June 7, 2005. Available at http://royalsociety.org/document.asp?latest=1&id=3222
p. 24 The late Senator Pat Moynihan once famously said
Gene W. Heck, The Eclipse of the American Century: An Agenda for Renewal (2008): 106.
p. 25 worst flooding in 50 years
“Mexico Soaked By Worst Flooding in 50 Years,” CBS News, November 2, 2007. Available at http://wcbstv.com/topstories/Villahermosa.Mexico.flood.2.480935.html
p. 27 In the Book of Proverbs, King Solomon offered a warning
Prov. 1:18 NLT
p. 27 Two hundred years earlier, an unknown Chinese fabulist told
E. Cobham Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (New York, Bartleby.com: 2000). Originally published by Henry Altemus, 1898. Available at http://www.bartleby.com/81/17581.html