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Monday, November 21, 2016

An interview with author Jeffrey Bennett



(Big Kid Science | September 2016 | Paperback, $15.00).



1. What inspired you to write your book?
Global warming is one of the most important topics of our time, yet the media debate about it is so confusing that few people on either side of the issue actually understand what the issue is about. As a scientist, teacher, and writer, my focus has been on taking a “big picture” approach that can help people understand complex science topics, and I decided that the topic of global warming would especially benefit from this approach.

2. What is it about?
The book explains the basic science of global warming, the consequences we should expect from it, and the way in which we can come up with solutions that people of all political persuasions can agree upon. It is written in a question and answer format that should address all the major questions that readers may have heard brought up in the media.   

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
That despite the “gloom and doom” often associated with global warming, it is not only a solvable problem, but one for which the solutions will lead us to a stronger economy with more and cheaper energy than we have today. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to take strong action now so that they can grow up in a better world. 

4. What advice do you have for writers?
If you write nonfiction like I do, make sure your facts are correct and presented correctly in context. Sadly, much of the national discussion on almost any topic today is laced with “facts” that aren’t, or are presented in misleading contexts. Don’t do that — use your writing to uplift, not to tear down. 

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I don’t have much insight into this question, but it’s certainly the case that it’s become more difficult to generate attention for books. Indeed, that’s part of the reason I put the entire book online in HTML (http://www.globalwarmingprimer.com/primer/), so that people can check it out before committing to buy a copy.

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?
Writing the book was relatively easy for me, since I’ve been teaching and writing about this topic for decades already. The challenge is in getting the word out about it. 

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
This is one of the most important issues of out times, and one that you can help solve if you first understand it. This book will help you do that, and I think you’ll also enjoy reading it. Besides, at $15 for a full-color book, how can you go wrong?

For more information, please see: www.jeffreybennett.com

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