Pre-order my new book, “Straight Up”

Anyone who has specific ideas for marketing the book or knows someone who might need review copy should email me at the address here.

My new book doesn’t come out until the week of April 19th. But you can pre-order it on (click here). You know you want to after getting all these Climate Progress posts for free for so long….

Seriously, though, the timing couldn’t be better for Straight Up: America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo Media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions. We were always planning for it to come out the week of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and roughly the same time as when the Senate would start taking up the bipartisan climate and clean energy jobs bill. But now it looks like Graham, Kerry, and Lieberman are going to introduce their bill the same week the book comes out!

The bill should tee off the most important environmental and energy debate of our time. In the book, I put the core issues of the debate — climate science, clean energy solutions, and environmental politics — in perspective.

Here’s the back jacket for the book:

The book is the best 1% of my more than 4000 blog posts — arranged thematically. And I did take many of your suggestions (see “What is your favorite Climate Progress post?”)


This post is meant to be the “soft sell.” I’ll be excerpting the book in the coming weeks and doing a big media push around Earth Day week. But Amazon pre-orders do influence how many copies they purchase.

I will say that I am rereading the book now, and it turns out to be more timely and relevant than I had expected.

The journal Nature editorialized in March: “Scientists must now emphasize the science, while acknowledging that they are in a street fight.” Well, say what you will about Climate Progress, I figured that out a few years before Nature.

Here’s the table of contents:

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTIONWhy I BlogCHAPTER 1The Status Quo MediaCHAPTER 2Uncharacteristically Blunt ScientistsCHAPTER 3The Clean Energy Solution CHAPTER 4Peak Oil? Consider It Solved CHAPTER 5The Clean Energy New Deal CHAPTER 6The Bush-Cheney Reign of ErrorCHAPTER 7The Right-Wing Disinformation Machine CHAPTER 8Diagnosing Someone with Anti-Scientific Syndrome (ASS) CHAPTER 9Why Are Progressives So Lousy at Messaging? CONCLUSIONIs the Global Economy a Ponzi Scheme?

Plus there’s an Afterword that discusses Copenhagen and frames the forthcoming Senate debate.

So do pre-order it on (click here).

Note: Amazon has been uber-slow in setting up their page — it still doesn’t have the jacket quotes. Also, I believe they have the wrong price (it will be lower), but they have a “Pre-order Price Guarantee” that means when they fix the price (soon, I hope), you’ll get credited.