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I started reading this book with an intensely critical eye, expecting that a mere journalist could not possibly cope with the complexities of climate science ... [But] He gives chapter and verse for almost everything he says.

The book is brilliant. The best I have seen which deals with the news item side of it as well as the science. He has done a very thorough job and I have no hesitation in unreserved commendation. It has come along at the time we most need it and I hope it is published and publicized widely. --Dr Vincent Gray, UN IPCC expert reviewer

This book by New Zealand journalist Ian Wishart a #1 bestselling author four times, surprised me by the completeness with which he reviewed and presents alternatives to the plethora of IPCC inspired spin and publicity which floods our media today.
His sixteen chapters examining aspects of the debate are meticulously footnoted and thus are a valuable reference resource for those wishing to dig deeper or keep up to speed with the unfolding global warming / carbon reduction political drama in years to come. --Dr Warwick Hughes, climatologist

Two excellent new books to cheer the sceptic's soul, Heaven + Earth - Global Warming: The Missing Science by Professor Ian Plimer and Air Con by Ian Wishart. These two publications approach the global warming debate from different directions, but end up complementing each other very well.
Ian Plimer's book is a thorough look at the science of global warming. As a geologist, Professor Plimer is perfectly placed to put the current climate change debate in the context of the history of the planet.

By contrast, Ian Wishart's book Air Con is a little more approachable for the non-scientific reader, and whilst including enough essential science to gain a good understanding of the issues, concentrates more on the political aspects of the global warming debate, including how the global warming industry has tried (unsuccessfully) to shut down any criticism of the consensus, and exposes the scientific skulduggery that often goes on to perpetuate global warming alarmism. ACM highly recommends both books as essential reading for those who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the climate change debate - Australian Climate Madness --Australian Climate Madness

Ian Wishart's AIR CON is another masterpiece of scientific reason, letting the thinking world know that so-called man-made global warming is the greatest scam ever aimed at humanity.
Please read this book. - Professor David Bellamy, England --Professor David Bellamy, England

Air Con demonstrates, with hundreds of scientific references, that global warming was not, is not, and will not be a global crisis; that, even if per impossibile it might be, it is far more cost-effective to adapt as and if needed than to attempt to mitigate 'global warming' by cutting emissions of carbon dioxide; and that all attempts at mitigation would serve only to imprison the very poorest in their poverty, thereby perversely increasing world population and consequently the 'carbon footprint' of humankind, achieving an outcome precisely the opposite of that which was (however piously) intended.

The UN, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jacques Chirac, and other world-government wannabes are plotting to establish nothing less than a global, bureaucratic-centralist dictatorship under the pretext that it is necessary to 'Save The Planet'.

Ian Wishart's book demonstrates that there is not the slightest scientific reason for the new, quasi-religious belief that The Planet needs Saving. The new religion is merely an excuse for world government. World government will not, repeat not, be democratic government.

The 'global warming' debate is not really a debate about climatology - it is a debate about freedom. It is the aim of the growing world-government faction among the international classe politique to take away our hard-won freedom and democracy forever.

I commend this timely book, which makes the scientific arguments comprehensible to the layman. Those who read it will help to forestall the new Fascists and so to keep us free. --Lord Christopher Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley, former scientific advisor to Margaret Thatcher --Christopher Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley

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  • Perfect Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Howling At The Moon Publishing; first edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0958240140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0958240147
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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124 of 137 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Sullivan on May 10, 2009
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Air Con: The Seriously Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming
This is the second book of Wishart's that I have read. His background is that of an investigative journalist.
He approaches the topic as someone who once was a luke warm advocate of AGW, but along the way became concerned about anomalies in the science and the debate.
He quickly declares his hand and is not shy about being very direct in his critique. He cites numerous references to support his views and has extensive coverage of such topics as the greenhouse effect, melting of the ice, rising sea levels, glacial thawing, urban heat islands, polar bears, the sun, etc. It is a book for the lay person rather than the scientist. He presents both sides of the arguments and has clearly done a huge amount of research. Because he has made up his own mind this is reflected in his language and his opinions.
Personally, I like Wishart's style. He has a history of sticking his neck out and he can be controversial, but he generally follows the facts, no matter what the reaction (probably as a good journalist should).
I found the book to be 'good reading' in that the information is compulsively readable. It helps that I have read quite widely on the topic and was familiar with many of the studies he cited.
The part of the book that really surprised me was his discussion around the leading players in the AGW movement. I have tended to ignore the conspiracy aspects of this debate from both ends. Again his investigative journalism background comes to the fore. He endeavours to follow the money and establish who benefits from the potential bonanza to be had in carbon credits.
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Jim Nicholls on May 14, 2009
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If you read one book this year, make it this one. And then lend it or recommend it to as many friends as you can. It is a very readable and well-researched overview of the whole global-warming scenario, which demonstrates convincingly that we are all being fed some very misleading information from seemingly-trustworthy sources. The author explains how, and more importantly, why this is happening, and gives a fascinating account of just who stands to benefit from all those carbon taxes that are set to make our lives so much more expensive. He does not deny that the planet may be warming, but points out that climate variation is a natural phenomenon which has always existed, is beyond our control, and is little influenced by our activities. It is, regardless of the topic, a well-written and entertaining book, and I thoroughly recommend it.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Crosslands on August 5, 2009
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New Zealand journalist Ian Wishart has written a truly excellent book, Air Con, on the global warming hoax. Mr. Wishart's book describes most of the science related to the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis in a very readable and accessible manner. Moreover Mr. Wishart's book is extremely well referenced, with references to many scientific articles. Often these articles are found on the internet, with the internet addresses provided by Mr. Wishart.

Mr. Wishart demonstrates the false science and data of the global warming alarmists. He describes the thoroughly refuted hockey stick of Michael Mann, the often bogus data offered by sections of NASA, and false statements on the melting of Greenland glaciers among other mendacity. Mr. Wishart uses this false information as a basis of his refutation of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis. He states: "If data is faked or twisted, and can be proven so, then the credibility of those responsible is in doubt.'

Mr. Wishart then dissects the science pertaining to global warming. He begins with an extremely useful section on jargon. This alone can help the average reader see through some climate alarmist obfuscation. His book also includes a very useful summary of the scientific case against the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis. Mr. Wishart spotlights the often false science behind the global warming hoax such as the Mann hockey stick. He examines the strong possible natural causes of the planet warming in the last century such as the fluctuation of the solar magnetic field, and solar irradiance, and the El Nino ocean currents in the Pacific Ocean. He discusses the vertical shift of the continental tectonic plates. Mr.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Morrow on August 4, 2009
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It would certainly be nice if some of the reviewers who have attacked this book had bothered to read the thing first. As someone who is very interested in the climate change debate, and who has read a lot on the subject both pro and con, I can say that Wishart's book is a great guide for the perplexed - whether they are well-versed on the subject or not. Eschewing both obstruse jargon on the one hand and the purple language of the scare-monger on the other, Wishart's book is a sharp, concise review of the science ... and is a work which, after reading, is something that the owner will beneift from keeping handy as a quick-reference guide to the issue. The book is particularly useful as it debunks not only the scare tactics of the warmenist movement, but also exposes how those pushing the AGW barrow are hardly disinterested parties working for humanity. The question, Cui Bono?, is asked and answered with alacrity.
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