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In this concisely written guide to common terms used in the global-warming conversation, Barnes uses short paragraphs and a question/answer format to discuss current U.S. climate policy, technology issues, and a vast number of solutions to the growing crisis. In general terms he lists who's in favor of each option, who's opposed, and the likely consequences of each side. Barnes also considers regulatory examples from several states that have gone beyond federal requirements, and looks to European successes and failures. He explains why a carbon tax has failed primarily due to industry lobbying, and devotes an entire chapter to carbon capping. This explores the option of carbon border fees, a solution to issues with countries such as China and India. Barnes' guide will not provide nearly enough answers to anyone seriously investigating this issue, but it is a good starting point. And for those professing little or no knowledge on the subject, it is a very direct resource that will likely be much appreciated. Illustrated throughout with maps, pictures, and graphs.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2008 Booklist