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Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming Paperback – September 29, 2009
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" 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The truth of the matter is that the evidence supporting man-made climate change has been mounting for decades but has been largely marginalized, and worse yet, challenged by a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bosler
Nothing new here, but good to be reminded of the denial machine and who is pulling the leavers.Published 10 months ago by Jane O'Shea
Lot's of background for information we already had. Not very useful.Published 12 months ago by Harry Davis
As an atmospheric chemist, this book contains compelling evidence of some of the most shameful secrets and cover-ups surrounding climate change. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Travis
Wish I had this book before the big climate March In NYC. I was glad to have been part of the 400,000 activist recognizing Climate Change.Published 14 months ago by Orundun
Covering seemingly everything from the ethical implications to the practical ramifications raised through intentional misdirection, "Climate Cover-Up" examines the public... Read morePublished 16 months ago by James C Mullen
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 morePublished 21 months ago by eN0ch
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer