Some would refer to “High Tide on Main Street” (HT) as a wake-up call, which it is, but it’s also considerably more. While I was reading it, I was reminded of an intervention, where an addict is confronted by family and friends, with the object being that the addict can no longer pretend that his actions hurt only himself, and that his behavior has consequences that affect not only his life, but the lives of others. Our addiction to fossil fuels has consequences for all of us, and that’s what HT is all about.
There is no hyperbole here, no dystopia, just the facts from the world’s leading climate scientists presented in a forthright, well-written manner by an individual possessed of a perfect background to tell the story.
The opening paragraph sets the tone for the entire book:
“When all the ice sheets and glaciers in the world melt, sea level will be approximately 212-feet (64.5 meters) higher than it is today. That paralyzing fact is independent of any confusion about climate change. It has happened before and will happen again.” Continue reading