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False Alarm: Global Warming -- Facts Versus Fears Paperback – May 3, 2010
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This remarkable book on the shortcomings of the global warming scare deserves to be read as a genuine eye opener by journalists, politicians and citizens at large.
Its excellence is justified by the fact that, although the author is not a scientist but a sociologist and English scholar with extensive experience in the world of editing, reviewing and journalism in general, he has gone to the trouble of gaining an understanding the relevant science in commendable detail. Its significance is further justified by the fact that it is virtually impossible for any reader not to come to the conclusion that there is something seriously wrong with the notion of human caused global warming -- commonly referred to as AGW (anthropogenically caused global warming). Despite not being a scientist MacCrae spent two and and a half years researching the historical, geological, psychological, philosophical, scientific and other relevant disciplines which have a bearing on the AGW hypothesis.
The book is extremely comprehensive. It covers all these aspects of the global warming hypothesis (now misleadingly referred to as climate change and most recently as climate instability).
The earth's climate is ever changing and intrinsically unstable since it is governed by a non-linear chaotic system and this is accepted by all and sundry -- both AGW warmists and AGW skeptics.
The AGW hypothesis is along the lines that that the earth is currently experiencing an unusually rapid and, to some extent, open ended rise in temperature which cannot be explained by natural causes and is due to our burning of fossil fuels and the consequent increase in the CO2 content of the atmosphere.Read more ›
As Skeptical Science puts it:
"Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding. Yet this isn't what happens with climate change denial. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet embrace any argument, op-ed, blog or study that refutes global warming. This website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer reviewed scientific literature say?"
Unfortunately, MacRae misses the mark.
But this shouldn't surprise you. This book is published by the Cato Institute, which is famous for spreading mis-information. And why not, that's what their funders like ExxonMobil want.
Since 1998, Exxon has spent upwards of $16 million on a disinformation campaign against global warming whose primary message was that scientists cannot be trusted - a dangerous allegation against the people most responsible for modern society.
Exxon's 2008 Corporate Citizenship Report apologized for the disinformation and promised to withdraw funding from organization spreading mis-information on climate change, which emphasized "uncertainty" in order to sow doubt among the public. But in science, uncertainty is a precise and measurable thing. It doesn't mean that the predictions are inaccurate or unlikely to come true. Indeed something with 90% certainty, is likely going to happen. When there's 90% chance of rain, you grab an umbrella.Read more ›
The last review was bogus, I have the book it was printed by the spring bay press not the CATO institute. Further, I have gone to skeptical science.com, very biased and its resources and arguments fall short to disprove the book. The sources that website use are just as biased as they can get. That website does not even touch the book when coming to level of.... potency in arguments. MacRae wins.
O.K., now for the book. Great stuff, disproves the common data we see (hockey stick data) the nasas sources etc. He really shows that the actual data global warming is is mainly computer predictions, and the actual empirical data is NOT on their side. Further, he shows the temperatures we are seeing today ARE NOT ABNORMAL, and are actually right on schedule. It really thoroughly debunks the CO2 claim, and shows global warming more natural then anything. No other source I have seen refutes this data without dodging the point of the argument. Good book.