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Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming [Kindle Edition]

James Hoggan , Richard Littlemore
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Talk of global warming is nearly inescapable these days — but there are some who believe the concept of climate change is an elaborate hoax. Despite the input of the world’s leading climate scientists, the urgings of politicians, and the outcry of many grassroots activists, many Americans continue to ignore the warning signs of severe climate shifts. How did this happen? Climate Cover-up seeks to answer this question, describing the pollsters and public faces who have crafted careful language to refute the findings of environmental scientists. Exploring the PR techniques, phony "think tanks," and funding used to pervert scientific fact, this book serves as a wake-up call to those who still wish to deny the inconvenient truth.


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Canadian environmental activists Hoggan and Littlemore pull no punches in this spirited indictment of global warming deniers. Their well-sourced research spotlights premeditated prevarications about the threat of greenhouse gas emissions by the oil and coal industry, in league with junk scientists, compliant conservative politicians and unsavory public relations practitioners. Persistent obfuscation of science by these anti-environment players is further abetted, say the authors, by a manipulated media that, in a misguided effort toward journalistic balance, pairs scientific certainty about an encroaching climate crisis with quotations from people who make a living denying it. Readers predisposed to believe the worst about the oil, coal and electric industries will find their fears buttressed by the book's detailed overview of an orchestrated climate coverup by Astroturf (fake grassroots) organizations, right-wing think tank echo chambers, the tens of millions of industry dollars poured into primarily Republican campaign coffers and the PR profession's Orwellian use of language. But global warming skeptics might also be swayed by the detailed dissection of an ongoing campaign to convince the public that climate change is still unproven. (Nov.)
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"[Climate Cover-Up] explains how the propaganda generated by self interest groups has purposely created confusion about climate change. It’s an imperative read for a successful future."—Leonardo DiCaprio

"“… the most detailed and probing analysis to date of the interrelations between business organizations and conservative think tanks in campaigns to question global warming….The sleuthing is sophisticated and impressive… Recommended.”—CHOICE Reviews, ALA

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  • File Size: 1951 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books (September 29, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Z14KWQ
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161 of 195 people found the following review helpful
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ANTI-SCIENCE AND WHO DOES IT
Anti-science (or agnotology), seeks to cover-up or obscure science considered inconvenient, or at least create doubt in the minds of public and decision-makers. It seeks to replace knowledge with ignorance, and has no resemblance to normal arguments within science, by scientists.

Modern anti-science is most skillfully executed by a relatively small subset of lobbyists and PR agencies. Some of the most effective are actually "thinktanks". They have public identities distinct from their (often-unidentified) funders, and can often be labeled "non-profit", thus avoiding the expense of taxes. They often seek funding in the same way as lobbyist/PR agencies, as is well-documented in the Tobacco Archives.

Such entities have played successful roles in activities like fending off tobacco regulation, fighting CFC regulation ("ozone hole"), fighting mercury regulation, etc. For some, their top priority has changed to obfuscating climate science. Anyone who can help keep children getting addicted to tobacco should find it easy to create confusion about climate.

So, if you wonder how and why so many people, especially in North America, are confused about the current state of climate science, this is an excellent introduction to the key players and tactics.

SAMPLE CHAPTERS AND TOPICS

four: THE AGE OF ASTROTURFING
People respond better to "grass-roots" efforts than to PR from business. If no grass-roots efforts exist, then one can set up fake ones ... astroturf.

eight DENIAL BY THE POUND
Within science, the only things that really count are:
- publication in credible, peer-reviewed journals, a relatively low bar that mostly means "Not obviously wrong and might be worth reading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and clear analysis. February 11, 2010
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I have been reading about the science of climate change as a non-scientist, and about the policy and political implications, for a number of years, trying to learn what was going on, and what needs to be done in response. I particularly recommend Kolbert, "Field Notes from a Catastrophe," and Flannery, "The Weather Makers" for a good overview. And "Scientific American" provides good regular coverage of the issue. The description of this book struck me as interesting so I bought it from amazon and read it, and recommend it as well written and clear, and providing a good overview of the long-term disinformation campaign by professional skeptics who don't do much science, but do a lot of public relations on behalf of the industry that does not want to be responsible for the harm climate change is causing. I think business students familiar with marketing and advertising will find the authors perspective on how that industry plays in this area quite interesting. The insight into Canadian tar sands gives a new perspective to a subject for readers unfamiliar with anything except U.S. politics. I read it just before the latest round of PR broke --- the theft of the East Anglia E-mails and the controversy over the Himalaya glacier melt rates in the IPCC report. None of these undercut the overall science of climate change, but they play into the PR campaign to put off a timely cost-effective response. Another book I bought here, "What's the Worse That Can Happen," lays out the risk assessment argument for responsible action. But I fear our political and legal system is too dysfunctional to be able to respond in time. In any event, this book will need a second edition to take into account the events of recent months, and perhaps by then we will know the e-mails of the professional skeptics as well.
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Requires a careful reading October 27, 2009
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The chasm between the practice of science and the public's perception is enormous. Any body of knowledge that may require a change in public policy rapidly becomes prey to ideology. One need look no farther than the reviews posted about this very book. A large portion of the public does not understand how to understand science and tends to look for voices of authority. It's no surprise that those they trust to form their political views may also end up framing their views about science. This is true no matter where a person sits along the political spectrum. It's a pity, because ideology has no place in understanding this important topic.

I believe there are still many people who would like to know what the fuss is about. They don't like to have their opinions dictated to them by someone else. They may be vaguely suspicious that there's more than impartiality going on. This book is an imperfect step for readers who may fit that description. There is too much of the author's own opinion where a simple statement of facts is more than sufficient. The book steers a little too uncertainly between polemic and journalism.

I found the preface and initial chapters somewhat off-putting. The author spends some time on the case of Freeman Dyson, a scientist with a respected opinion in many areas. Dyson has moved strongly into the camp of 'deniers' (a term I promise not to use again). Author Hoggan makes quite a spectacle of Dyson's lack of credentials in this area. This is a dangerous approach for many reasons. There are certainly cases of scientists displaying remarkable ignorance outside their fields. One need look no further than William Shockley to understand that. But there are also many uncredentialed scientists who've done spectacular work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars While the text does a great job of arguing its premises
Covering seemingly everything from the ethical implications to the practical ramifications raised through intentional misdirection, "Climate Cover-Up" examines the public... Read more
Published 20 days ago by James C Mullen
4.0 out of 5 stars be angry
The narrative gets tedious in spots. But the case is compelling, and thoughtful people who care about what's right, true and good for humanity, should read and act. Read more
Published 5 months ago by eN0ch
5.0 out of 5 stars Industry puts short term profits ahead of health
It is disappointing that the coal industry will place their profits above the health of the citizenry. It is well known what adding more carbon to the atmosphere will do. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This is a must read if you are interested in the history of corporate-sponsored climate change denial. It all began with tobacco. It's the same organizations, the same people. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Climate Follower
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
This is a really good book. Well worth reading this book and good value for the money paid for it
Published 9 months ago by Richard C Durley
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book
Very well written and am waiting for his next. He has written what is happening in Canadian politics and he is right but we are following America like sheep so will down with them.
Published 9 months ago by Paula Walden
4.0 out of 5 stars Global Warming Fiasco
A good summary of the opposition to the Global Warming hysteria. I would not use the term "Deny" to describe either side of the debate (or lack thereof) of the political... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeffrey Eric Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming
Walking through the rye feels nice, if you don't know there's a cliff ahead; James Hoggan heads out to catch you before you fall. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Made some vital points. Well documented.
Did a great job of dealing with a vital topic. It's readable and very well documented.
I hope that more people take the time to study this matter.
Published 14 months ago by Daniel Hemesath
5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy? Yes, in the interest of keeping the fossil fuel game alive...
One commenter calls it “....one of the most disgusting stories ever....”. Another suggests “....crime of the geological epoch. Read more
Published 15 months ago by William Ferree
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