The 100% Solution (Paperback)

A Plan for Solving Climate Change

By Solomon Goldstein-Rose

Melville House, 9781612198385, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2020

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"An important frame of reference for everyone seeking to address the greatest threat to our children and future generations." --US Rep. Jim McGovern

The world must reach negative greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This is not a goal that can be met halfway. Yet no single proposal has addressed the full scope of the problem . . . until now.

In The 100% Solution, leading millennial climate change activist and the youngest Massachusetts state representative in recent years Solomon Goldstein-Rose makes clear what must happen to achieve negative emissions before we reach the point of no return: the moonshot projects that need funding, the technologies that need inventing, the industries that need converting, the amount of CO2 we'll still have to sequester from the atmosphere, and so much more. Most importantly, he shows us how to unite the efforts of activists, governments, scientists, engineers, donors, and voters to get the job done.

This is the guide we've been waiting for, and only work rooted in this level of comprehensive thinking will add up to a full solution in time. As calls for a WWII-scale mobilization intensify--especially among youth activists--this fully illustrated, action-oriented book arms that movement with specific demands, and sets the stakes for what our leaders must achieve.

About the Author

Solomon Goldstein-Rose was elected to the Massachusetts state legislature on a climate change-focused platform at age 22. He previously interned in the Obama White House and in Congress and ran a statewide carbon pricing campaign. He now works full time as a climate change activist on national and global levels. He lives in Amherst, MA.

Praise For The 100% Solution: A Plan for Solving Climate Change

“Goldstein-Rose, a leading Millennial thinker, offers what the world desperately needs: fresh thinking on climate change, with the goal of steering the debate toward solutions that are both technically and politically practicable.”Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now

"At last—A realistic plan, by someone who knows what he is talking about."—James Hansen, Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

“The climate change discussion, now entering its 30th year, has been dominated by many old agendas and ideologies. Millennials, who will have to live with serious climate change, have been less heard from. The 100% Solution can fill that gap with a fresh young voice. Solomon Goldstein-Rose is not just an analyst who brings a grasp of the subject matter to the table, but also a former state elected official, who, at a tender age, learned quickly what’s needed to make change. His combination of knowledge and experience will reach new audiences and could inject new energy into the debate and give hope to a generation.” —Armond Cohen, Founder and Director, Clean Air Task Force
“This framework is a major accomplishment, and an exciting boon to the climate movement. Every climate activist should engage with this book to start important conversations.”
—Emily Norton, Former Director, MA Sierra Club; Executive Director of Charles River Watershed Association
“Goldstein-Rose is the rare millennial author who is passionate about protecting the planet for his and future generations but is also sober and rigorous in his prescriptions to reduce climate-warming emissions. His book avoids pitfalls common in the energy and climate genre, such as an overly narrow focus on renewable electricity, an unwillingness to grapple with the real trade-offs inherent in decarbonizing the global economy, and a selective reading of the expert literature. The 100% Solution is a model for pragmatic and systemic thinking about climate change and proof that activist passion and scholarly rigor can go hand in hand.”—Varun Sivaram, Chief Technology Officer, ReNew Power (India’s largest renewable energy company) and author of Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
“Solutions to climate change are complicated by competing views and political disagreements. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, one of the leading millennial voices and thinkers on this issue, has offered a clear and concise framework to get us started towards solutions. His vision offers a practical path forward and more climate thinkers need to understand his ideas.”—Dan Bosley, Former State Representative and an architect of the 1997 Massachusetts Electric Restructuring Act
“With clear text and elegant organization, Goldstein-Rose sets aside apocalyptic visions and maps planetary rescue.” —Professor Steven J. Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Earth System Science, UC-Irvine
“Solomon Goldstein-Rose’s book presents a pragmatic, feasible roadmap for addressing climate change. This is exactly the kind of thinking that is needed now.”—Christina Paxson, President of Brown University