The Most Honest Book About Climate Change Yet

by Ezra Buckley on September 17, 2018

William T. Vollmann’s latest opus is brilliant, but it offers no comfort to its readers.

Nearly every book about climate change that has been written for a general audience contains within it a message of hope, and often a prod toward action. Vollmann declares from the outset that he will not offer any solutions, because he does not believe any are possible: “Nothing can be done to save [the world as we know it]; therefore, nothing need be done.” This makes Carbon Ideologies, for all its merits and flaws, one of the most honest books yet written on climate change. Vollmann’s undertaking is in the vanguard of the coming second wave of climate literature, books written not to diagnose or solve the problem, but to grapple with its moral consequences.

LINKhttps://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/10/william-vollmann-carbon-ideologies/568309

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