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The Carbon Club

Narrated by: Jessica Douglas-Henry
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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As the climate crisis threatens more extreme bushfire seasons, droughts and floods, many Australians are demanding their leaders answer the question: ‘Why didn’t you do something?’ 

The Carbon Club reveals the truth behind Australia’s two decades of climate inaction. It’s the story of how a loose confederation of influential climate-science sceptics, politicians and business leaders sought to control Australia’s response to the climate crisis. They shared a fear that dealing with climate change would undermine the nation’s wealth, jobs and competitive advantage - and the power of the carbon club.

Central to their strategy was an international campaign to undermine climate science and the urgency of the climate crisis. The more the climate science was questioned, the more politicians lost the imperative to act. The sustained success of the carbon club over two decades explains why Australian governments failed to deal with the challenge of climate change. But at what cost to us and the next generation? 

One of Australia’s most respected investigative journalists, Marian Wilkinson has tracked the rise and rise of Australia’s carbon club in brilliant detail, with extraordinary access to key players on all sides. The result is a book that is both essential and disturbing listening.

©2020 Marian Wilkinson (P)2020 Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

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Every Australian needs to know what's happened.

This could be a real "a-ha moment" for Australians wondering why we haven't acted on climate change and why we are perceived as one of the 3 most destructive countries (with USA and Brazil) when it comes to undermining the international agreements that would make it at least possible for our children and societies to survive.

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Another non-fiction book with bloody accents!

I’m getting really sick of all this dramatisation of non-fiction books. It’s bad enough that long form journalists undermine their credibility by writjng “scenes” as though they were in the room, even in the participants heads, when they were not, but when audiobook narrators insist on doing accents - usually badly, as here, it’s infuriating.
If I want to experience a full performance fiction, I’ll listen to fiction. Non-fiction should not be fictionalised.
I’ll get the kindle edition and see if it’s worth reading.