Dennis Paulaha has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and B.S. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Minnesota.

"On one side of the global warming debate are scientists and rational people.  

"On the other are people who hate government, the rule of law, education, and intellectuals, and who seem happy to follow the fossil fuel industry’s lies and to vote for their own destruction. 

"Although it would not seem possible in a civilized society for the liars to win, they are. Or they are at least holding their own in the fight to continue their virtually unabated attack on our planet. Of course, tree huggers are not the only losers if the fossil fuel industry continues to have the upper hand in the global warming debate. Other losers include you, the American economy, the world economy, civilization as we know it, and possibly mankind itself. 

"So I wrote heat to change the debate from science-based predictions and descriptions of destruction and economic-based solutions that call for increasing fines and taxes to looking at how politicians who are allowing the fossil fuel guys to slow the switch to lower-cost renewable energy are hurting incomes, profits, and economic growth while also reducing the safety, security, and stability of individuals, the nation, and the world.

"And none of that will matter if I can't make people mad enough to stand up and vote."

- Dennis Paulaha