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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467919861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467919869
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Deming (b. 1954) is associate professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He graduated from Indiana University in 1983 with a BS degree in geology, and received a Ph.D in geophysics from the University of Utah in 1988. Prior to his arrival at the University of Oklahoma in 1992, Deming held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the US Geological Survey in California. From 1992 through 2005, Dr. Deming was an assistant and associate professor in the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma. Deming is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and the National Center for Policy Analysis. Dr. Deming has contributed more than forty peer-reviewed research papers to the scientific literature. He is the author of a textbook on hydrogeology, Introduction to Hydrogeology (2002), and a trilogy on the history of science, Science and Technology in World History, Volumes 1, 2, and 3.

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David Deming is professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He graduated from Indiana University in 1983 with a BS degree in geology, and received a Ph.D in geophysics from the University of Utah in 1988. Prior to his arrival at the University of Oklahoma in 1992, Deming held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the US Geological Survey in California. From 1992 through 2005, Dr. Deming was an assistant and associate professor in the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma, and served on the OU Faculty Senate from 1998 through 2001. Deming is the author of more than forty peer-reviewed research papers, a textbook on hydrogeology, and the series "Science and Technology in World History." He is an associate editor for the academic journals Petroleum Geoscience and Ground Water. In 2006, Dr. Deming testified before the US Senate on global warming, and is frequently interviewed by the media on issues related to energy and climate.

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For all you politically correct lemmings do your brain a favor and read this book.
Thomas A. Elliott Jr.
In addition to learning some things I'll bet you don't already know, I think you will find it a good read.
Van Vandivier
My daughter and her husband are both OU grads, and after learning of this book, I was very intrigued.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Van Vandivier on March 7, 2012
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I recommend this incisive and insightful book to you without reservation. While you may not agree with all of this professor's viewpoints, these essays will make you think. You will appreciate the presentation of these ideas in short essays, most are only a couple of pages, which makes this book perfect for considering the issues presented without getting bogged down. You won't have to wade through a lengthy explanation and abstruse intellectual argument just to understand what is being said. As a geophysicist, this author knows what he is talking about on energy and global warming---he's got the technical knowledge and expertise to back up what he says. The viewpoints set out on the state of American society are always articulate, always thought provoking and frequently right on the mark. I could go on---there are a lot of diverse ideas covering a wealth of pertinent subjects---but I won't. I do encourage you to see what is in this book to catch your interest. In addition to learning some things I'll bet you don't already know, I think you will find it a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on May 27, 2013
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Author David Deming has a background in geophysics (p. 18, 20). He sees petroleum-based technologies as one of the great achievements of civilization and progress. Contrary to the usual name-calling from the political left, Deming is not paid by the petroleum industry. (p. 44). The author defends the continued use of petroleum-based technologies into the near future. He shows that, far from running out of oil, we are discovering more and more of it. He also suggests that alternate technologies are a long way from competing with oil. (pp. 60-61).

Deming contends that opposition to the Keystone pipeline is based on ignorance and the media exaggerating of environmentalist opponents of the pipeline. Daryl Hannah leads the opposition to it. Considering the fact that she takes off her clothes to entertain others, Deming asks "from where does she derive her moral authority?" (p. 14).

The author is skeptical of global warming. He believes that science, by definition, SHOULD be skeptical. He specifically opposes the absoluteness that is incorrectly attributed to computer programs. He points out that estimates of temperatures in the past are just that--estimates. Based on his experiences as a university professor, he finds that the more scientifically inclined students tend to be more skeptical of global warming than scientifically illiterate ones. (p. 46).

Deming faults the media for its bias. For instance, when he found some evidence for global warming in ice, and published this in the journal SCIENCE (1995), a journalist phoned him and offered to interview him, but only if he would state that humans were the cause of this. (p. 20). He declined, and the reporter hung up.

The author debunks the Population Bomb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nate the Great on September 10, 2013
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When you know something is true and the politically correct are telling you that it is not; wouldn't you like to have the scientific proof? Here it is. Whether its the weather or whether its peak oil, David Deming will dig out the facts. He is a scientist and he writes and thinks as such.

Often one can see the excellence of George Will but with no chance of a baseball reference. I recommend reading these essays in random order. Not only will you find yourself thinking more, you will notice how often those in the media are thinking less.
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