Richard Wolfson is the Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College, where he also teaches environmental studies. His books include Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology (MIT Press, 1993), Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified (W.W. Norton, 2003), and Energy Environment and Climate (W.W. Norton, 2008).

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In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen declares, “I believe the biggest obstacle to solving global warming is the role of money in politics.” Subtitled The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, Hansen’s book is part science, part biography, and part diatribe against a …

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