Straight Up

America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions

By Joseph J. Romm
(Island Press, Paperback, 9781597267168, 248pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

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In 2009, Rolling Stone named Joe Romm to its list of “100 People Who Are Changing America.” Romm is a climate expert, physicist, energy consultant, and former official in the Department of Energy. But it’s his influential blog, one of the “Top Fifteen Green Websites” according to Time magazine, that’s caught national attention. Climate change is far more urgent than people understand, Romm says, and traditional media, scientists, and politicians are missing the story.

Straight Up draws on Romm’s most important posts to explain the dangers of and solutions to climate change that you won’t find in newspapers, in journals, or on T.V

About the Author

Joseph J. Romm is a climate expert, physicist, energy consultant, and author. He is executive director and founder of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions; principal of the Capital E Group; fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. His previous books include Hell and High Water, The Hype About Hydrogen, and Cool Companies. He writes the blog

Praise For Straight Up

“I trust Joe Romm on climate.”
-Paul Krugman

“America’s fiercest climate-change activist-blogger” and one of “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”

“One of the most influential energy and environmental policy makers in the Obama era”

“The indispensable blog”
-Thomas Friedman

"Important...I recommend you read this book."
-Al Gore

"Romm’s forceful, impassioned blogging — and his book publishing — are a shining light...Simply put, if the ‘nation’ would read Straight Up and follow Romm’s prescriptions, we would find ourselves moving away from decline into a new era of prosperity."

"A stiff drink of a book..In Straight Up: America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions, Romm distills his best work from the blog and honestly describes the catastrophic path humanity is on — and the clean energy solutions that offer hope for survival."

"If you want to be culturally literate about climate change… you must read… Straight Up… presented so accessibly that even veterans of [] will find it informative. No one in the public eye understands climate change, its solutions and its detractors better than Romm."

“The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger” and “Hero of the Environment 2009”

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