Front cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Chapter 1: The Accidental Experiment

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pp. 1-12

...the earth as a laboratory in which we have tinkered with the forces of nature. From taming fire and harnessing wind to developing antibiotics, the results have often advanced civilization. Yet for the past two centuries, we have been conducting what could be the most momentous...

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Chapter 2: The Good News of Damnation

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pp. 13-23

...toughness and prudence as well as the indispensable element of luck to hold at bay the specter of a thermonuclear holocaust. The planet survived because the leaders responsible for the danger acted responsibly and effectively in preventing it. They understood that a scientific advance...

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Chapter 3: Three Presidents and a Process

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pp. 24-45

...we—all 6.8 billion of us—are emitting greenhouse gases. What sort of deal will it take to accomplish that goal, and who should broker it? For twenty years, the answer has been a legally binding treaty that is to be negotiated...

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Chapter 4: Coalitions of the Willing

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pp. 46-57

...priorities, above health care and education. He promised to implement a comprehensive (or “economywide”) cap-and-trade program, reduce greenhouse gas emissions 83 percent by 2050, and return the United States to world...

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Chapter 5: A Useful Disappointment

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pp. 58-75

...What actually happened in Copenhagen during the twelve days in the second and third weeks of December 2009 was a potential turning point. In dashing unrealistic hopes, the conference provided an incentive to fix, or at least...

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Chapter 6: The Big Four

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pp. 76-94

...China, and India. They account for nearly half the world’s population (3.3 billion out of 6.8 billion), 63 percent of the global GDP, and two-thirds of all civilian nuclear reactors. The four are also the world’s top four emitters of carbon dioxide, accounting for about 60 percent...

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Chapter 7: The Shadow of the Future

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pp. 95-118

...means working with both parties in both houses of Congress to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation. For that domestic effort to have maximum benefit diplomatically, legislation should be signed into law this year, before the Cancun climate change summit in November and...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 119-124

...colleagues who reviewed our manuscript in draft: Alexis Bataillon, Steve Bennett, Kemal Dervis, Charles Ebinger, Bill Galston, Ted Gayer, Bruce Jones, Richard Kauffman, Ken Lieberthal, Pietro Nivola, Lea Rosenbohm, Les Silverman, John Thornton, and Darrell West...

Notes

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pp. 125-136

Index

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pp. 137-144

Back Cover

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