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The Rise And Fall Of America's Climate Deniers: How Politics Hijacked The Fight Against Global Warming

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, smoke rises in this time exposure image from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating S
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, smoke rises in this time exposure image from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, Kan. This year the nation?s weather has been hotter and more extreme than ever, federal records show. Yet there are two people who aren?t talking about it, and they both happen to be running for president. In 2009, President Barack Obama proposed a bill that would have capped power plant carbon dioxide emissions and allowed trading of credits for the right to emit greenhouse gases, but the measure died in Congress. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, Filr)

Dale Jamieson, a professor of environmental studies and philosophy at NYU, has, as his title indicates, spent a lot of time thinking about climate change. Specifically, he’s been thinking about why all of our efforts — to wake up the world to the urgency of the problem, to take meaningful action, even just to convince people it’s happening — have been such a disappointing failure.

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