The Heat Is On Heat Is On
Complexity and the Commons


Ross Gelbspan
Format: Hard Cover
Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 0201132958
Copyright: 1997

In The Heat Is On, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan exposes the deliberate campaign by oil and coal interests, teamed with conservative politicians, to confuse the public about global warming and the disruptive weather patterns that mark its initial stages. He shows how these fossil fuel proponents have supported the efforts of a small but highly vocal group of "scientific skeptics" whose statements distort the nature of scientific debate, raising doubts in the public mind about this threat that is, in fact, a matter of solid scientific consensus. Gelbspan sets the record straight with contributions from four of the world's leading climate scientists.


“Ross Gelbspan, with a background in science writing and the instincts of an investigative reporter, has woven together an incisive and timely analysis of a contentious debate regarding politics and the interpretation of scientific findings related to global climate change. The author is relentless in his efforts both to discern the facts as known through scientific inquiry and to discover the underlying reasons for the range of expert opinions regarding responsible use of this information. Gelbspan’s powerful message is that much of the variance in the seriousness with which results of climate change research are taken by members of the scientific community, and thus represented to the public, can be explained by financial interests, interests that until now have been largely hidden from public view.”
-- James J. McCarthy, Harvard University

About the Author

Ross Gelbspan has been an editor and reporter at The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He covered the first U.N. Conference on the Environment in Stockholm in 1972, and coauthored a four-part series on the occasion of the second U.N. Conference in 1992. His work has appeared in Harper’s and numerous other publications.

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