If there is to be any reasoned public discussion about climate change, we need to familiarize ourselves with diverse points of view. Bell, a professor of space architecture at the University of Houston, presents a highly critical deconstruction of mainstream findings about the causes and consequences of global warming. After scrutinizing an array of international scientific studies, he concludes that scientists, including those at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who are tracking a rise in global temperatures and theorizing about dire repercussions are using questionable methodologies (he explicates problems with computer modeling) and flawed data, and taking alarmist positions with an unscientific agenda. A featured Tea Party speaker, Bell also argues that governmental studies of global warming are all about funneling money to special-interest groups. If only Bell didn’t pepper every page with vitriolic commentary and snipe at Al Gore, thus expressing his bias just as he accuses others of doing, his book would provide food for thought in the Bjorn Lomborg vein (Cool It, 2007). For public libraries seeking thorough coverage of a hot-button subject. --Donna Seaman
About the Author
is a professor of architecture and holds an endowed professorship in space architecture at the University of Houston. An internationally recognized commentator on scientific and public policy issues, Bell has written extensively on climate and energy policy and has been featured in many prominent national and international newspapers, magazines, and television programs.