For a fleeting moment, the RTCC team thought we had made it. An email from Al Gore lay in our inbox – was this a personal email from the US VP turned climate campaigner?
Having read it, evidently not. But Al was kind enough to let us know about his new book – The Future.
It’s out tomorrow (Jan 29), and promises to be “a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come”.
The magic six are as follows: economic globalization, digital communications, shifting military and political power, a flawed economic compass, a scientific revolution, and finally a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earthâ€™s ecosystems.
Of all the reviews, this one by New York Times literary critic Michiko Kakutani sounds the most plausible, perhaps because it’s one of the few that admits it has some flaws – in particular: “it bites off way more than it can plausibly digest”.
And yet a major theme in the book that American democracy “has been hacked” will intrigue many.
Gore argues that oil, coal and gas companies operate a form of mind control over the public by buying huge amounts of TV coverage. This in turn affects the policies they demand from politicians.
It’s an interesting concept – and one we look forward to digesting. Buy it now for $30 or hold out for two years and head to your local charity shop.
VIDEO: Al Gore on his new book