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November 2032. Joe Benton has just been elected the forty-eighth president of the United States. Only days after winning, Benton learns from his predecessor that previous estimates regarding the effect of global warming on rising sea levels have been grossly underestimated. For the United States, a leading carbon emitter for decades, the prospects are devastating: thirty million coastal-dwelling citizens will need to be relocated; Miami will be washed into the ocean and southern California will waste away to desert; the relocation process will cost trillions of dollars. With the world frighteningly close to catastrophe, Benton opts to abandon multilateral negotiations in the Kyoto 4 summit and resumes secret bilateral negotiations with the Chinese--the world's worst polluter. As the two superpowers lock horns, the ensuing battle of wits becomes a race against time. Ultimatum is a visionary and deeply unsettling thriller that explores the most pressing issue of the twenty-first century--the future of our planet--and boldly predicts the way the world will be in twenty-five years.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780802118882
Branch Call Number: FIC Glass 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 433 p. ;,24 cm


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Jun 13, 2014

Contains Spoiler. Political fantasy morphed with climate disaster. Parts of this are pretty good. Seeing how much the president has to deal with felt somewhat realistic, but it was probably actually understated. Parts are pretty laughable. A Democrat from AZ becomes president? Republicans admitting to climate change? Talk about fantasy.... President Joe Benton seems like Joe Biden a lot. The other premise that USA would not launch all missiles if China attacked seems like a bit of a stretch. I was hoping they would go more into the actual impacts of climate change rather than the politics of negotiating for changes when it will be far too late. It did make a good case against doing multi nation agreements though. Really USA and China have to lead.. Won't happen but that is the only thing that would probably work.

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