A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States - David Goodrich
After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that Americans are willfully deluded by misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, Goodrich thought a little straight talk could set things right. As they say in "Animal House," he decided that "this calls for a stupid and futile gesture on someone's part, and I'm just the guy to do it."
Starting on the beach in Delaware, Goodrich rode his bike 4,200 miles to Oregon, talking with the people he met on the ultimate road trip. Along the way, he learned a great deal about why climate is a complicated issue for many Americans and even more about the country we all share.
Climate change is the central environmental issue of our time, but A Hole in the Wind is also about the people Goodrich met and the experiences he had along the way, like the toddler's beauty pageant in Delaware, the tornado in Missouri, rust-belt towns and their relationship with fracking, and the mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming. As he rode, Goodrich discussed climate with audiences varying from laboratories to diners to elementary schools. Simple, direct, and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a fresh, refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive.