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Christian Gerondeau - A major figure in French scientific and engineering circles, Christian Gerondeau was an adviser to France's Prime Minister Jacque Chaban-Delmas and is President of the National Heritage Fund. He is author of 10 works on the environment and related transport issues.
This is an excellent and very refreshing book, presented with great clarity, and with penetrating, key insights. While it does not get bogged down in details - the presented points are nonetheless far from being superficial.
First, the author points out that CO2 emissions WILL continue to increase throughout this century. NOTHING - politically, economically, or technologically will prevent the citizens of the world from exploiting cheap fossil energy to make their lives better. Clearly, the developing nations (who are already producing most of the CO2 now) are not going to stop needing and producing more energy-generation capacity. And the developed nations cannot cut back without economic disaster to themselves, and even if they did, the developing nations would gobble up the same fossil fuels the developed nations forgo. What WILL limit the increased emissions is the exhaustion of economically recoverable resources. When it's gone - it's gone - perhaps in 100 years - but not before. Reducing consumption now would delay the transfer from ground to atmosphere only slightly.
So, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will approximately double over the next century (and then taper back), regardless of what anyone would like to see done. Fortunately this is NOT a serious problem - far far from the disaster the alarmist have been shouting about for even modest increases, and this is Gerondeau's second major point. His view that dangerous, man-made global warming is not a problem (indeed that CO2 does not cause significant warming) is consistent with what at least a dozen recent books on the science have been telling us - contrary to the IPCC. As to the IPCC, Gerondeau's third major point (should we trust the IPCC, Hansen, Gore, etc.) is an overwhelming NO.Read more ›
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I first read this book as an eBook and now wish to keep it as a reference for discussion on the vexed question of anthropogenic climate change. As a general rather than a specific climate scientist I am persuaded by the scientific evidence that Bob Taylor produces with its peer reviewed support. He has a momentous task in trying to turn around the world wide perception that human produced CO2 is dangerous. He also make the valuable point that we waste our resources combatting this threat when the naturally occurring variability of the climate poses a real threat in some areas. I enjoyed the book, it is lively, readable and intensely important. Instead of the invective he generates in the climate world he deserves credit for courage and initiative.
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