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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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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.

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The voice acting diminishes the content

Great book, excellent content, thoroughly researched, highly recommended. The acting of the American accents is annoying and distracting.

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A must read that is very digestible

Having not really followed the politics of climate change, I found this a fantastic overview that highlighted the challenges of change and the failures of our leaders to protect our future.

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depressing, but necessary listening

great book.
but it's not going to put you in an optimistic mood about australia acting in its own interest to avoid global warming.

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Amazing insight into Australia's climate politics

An extremely well written account of Australia's struggle with climate change. A very good summary of what has been happening since the Howard years.

Essential reading for people who to know where we have come from and how to make a efrective change in the future.

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fantastic!

Fantastic history of climate change policy in Australia. Mandatory listening for those who care about the environment in Australia

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Essential reading if depressing

I remember well most of the events outlined in Marian Wilkinson's excellent book, from the Kyoto Conference to the various emission trading schemes proposed, to Paris and Copenhagen. But I could not have described them in any detail - probably they tend to blur with time. Marian Wilkinson has performed the very useful service of reviewing all the major episodes in Australia's response to the climate change issue, in the last twenty years. It is a depressing story, partly because of the 'Carbon Club', the assembly of powerful forces determined to defeat any progressive move to deal with human-induced climate change. Wilkinson finishes her study by saying this Club has largely faded, but its continued influence can be seen in the PM's latest 'roadmap' for our use of energy. The ALP has a patchy record too, because of the many jobs tied up with the coal industry, as well as gas. Meanwhile our use of alternative energy is increasing all the time. I am very glad Wilkinson has devoted so much time in the book on the problems of the Great Barrier Reef.

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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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