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The Ravaging Tide

Posted by nliakos on September 29, 2007

by Mike Tidwell

This is our First Year Book at the University of Maryland this year; Mike Tidwell is a local author who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland and is the founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Tidwell is known for having predicted the disaster of Hurricane Katrina before it happened, but as he makes clear in this book, many native Louisianans and scientists knew very well that a big hurricane would devastate the Louisiana coast; Tidwell got the credit for reporting the predictions of many others, as he freely admits.  An environmentalist who is not afraid to express his intense dislike of George W. Bush and his (lack of an) energy policy, Tidwell describes the Katrina catastrophe and shows how it was made possible and how it could have been prevented (or mitigated), and then goes on to make a strong case for action NOW to reduce CO2 emissions and slow, or maybe even reverse, global warming before it is truly too late.

I am convinced–but is anybody else out there listening?  Is anybody else reading this book?  Why aren’t we demonstrating in front of the White House to force this President, this “oil man”, from destroying the world?  It’s funny; my daughter loves to watch anime shows that feature evil characters whose goal it is to destroy the world.  George Bush doesn’t look evil, but he surely seems bent on destroying the world as we know it.

My class of 17 international students at the University of Maryland is reading the book also.  Their reactions range from resentment of the United States for withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol, to shock at the realization that their home countries (Korea, India, Qatar, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, China) will lose significant land from sea level rise, to astonishment that an author can voice such open disapproval of his country’s president, to motivation to use less energy than they are accustomed to using.

Everybody should read this book.  Then we should cut our own energy use as much as possible (Tidwell tells us exactly how to do it) and lobby the government to come up with an energy policy with muscle.

2 Responses to “The Ravaging Tide”

  1. […] book meshed very well with other books I have read recently, in particular The Ravaging Tide, because the fossil fuels used to transport mass-produced food long distances  is implicated in […]

  2. […] I hope it is not too late, but I am afraid it is. How many people in a position to make changes will read Consilience or The Ravaging Tide? […]

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