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"Hot Talk, Cold Science will be difficult to dismiss, though many will undoubtedly wish to do so.”  —Frederick Seitz, past president, National Academy of Sciences; president emeritus, Rockefeller University

About the Author

S. Fred Singer is research fellow at The Independent Institute, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, and a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for Space Science and Technology. He was the first director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service. He is the former director of the Center for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and former chief scientist, U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Institute; Revised edition edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094599981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945999812
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joseph H Pierre on May 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the previous reviewer, I found Dr. Singer to be a very persuasive source of information. Probably it has something to do with one's political predisposition.

S. Fred Singer is a preeminent authority on energy and environmental issues. Among other things, he designed the first satellite instrument for measuring atmospheric ozone and was a principal developer of scientific and weather satellites.

A research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, he is also Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and a member of the Energy Policy Studies center at the University of Virginia. His academic honors and qualifications are too many to list here, but many of them are in the About the Author section in the book

To accuse him of intentionally slanting his opinions because his work has been utilized by some energy companies is scurrilous and denigrating. His work has also been utilized by government agencies, because he is an acknowledged expert in the field.

This book is replete with facts, figures, graphs, and a great variety of evidence to back up his opinions. There are eight pages of closely typeset references of people who agree with his conclusions.

Singer, in the book, discusses the scientific case against the Global Climate Treaty, and says that there is no detectable anthropogenic (man caused) evidence of global warming, and further that the consequences of modest global warming would be positive, rather than negative.

He discusses the so-called "greenhouse effect," and recommends prudency over panic.
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Dr. Singer presents an excellent review of the problems associated with determining the future extent of global warming. He emphasizes the differences between land , ocean, and atmospheric temperature measurements. He also points out correctly that all forecasts depend on models and as we all know weather forecasting is far from an exact science even for the short time of a week or a few months. We still don't know, for instance, if we'll have good snow for the Olympics in Salt Lake City and they are only less than half a year away. How can we have the audacity to pretend to know what the temperature is going to be a hundred years from now? Models can only give answers based on information which is currently available but that is bound to change even within a decade. To engage in massive government intervention on basis of a perceived threat, which in turn rests on inadequate data, would qualify for inclusion in Tuchman's "March of Folly." Dr. Singer is to be congratulated for having had the courage to go against public pressures and present the facts as they exist.
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This is a clear, concise presentation of the case against belief that there is a reason to fear global warming. If global warming did occur, the oceans and seas would not increase to envelop the earth as predicted, but they would decrease by evaporation into the clouds and then rain to produce more ice cap at the poles. Many other fears are dispelled by this book which should be must reading after all the science fiction produced in the press.
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The author has solid credentials. His thrust is presenting scads of conflicting evidence to the "conventional wisdom" that global warming has us on a trajectory to doom.
Some of his evidence is temperature records for the past -- showing fluctuation, but no overall trend. The data is from many varied sources, some of it prehistoric.
Some of his evidence is from surveys of professional weather people -- showing significant lack of confidence in the computer models that are predicting global warming. That should tell us all something by itself.
I remember in the 1970's the scare was about a global ice age caused by cooling. Now new computer models predict global warming. All this at a time when no one can yet predict the weather more than a couple of weeks into the future.
The author reminds us that the world is complex. We don't understand it all yet.
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Fred Singer, the former director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service, predicts that cutbacks in energy use mandated by the climate change treaty "will cost citizens literally hundreds of billions of dollars in higher product costs and lost wages -- all to mitigate climate 'disasters' that exist only on computer printouts and in the feverish imagination of professional environmental zealots." Singer disputes the "evidence" for global warming, denies that its impact would be harmful even if it were occurring, and rejects the contention "that scientists know which atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are 'dangerous' and which are not." Singer's scientific and sensible formula for a hospitable future, with or without global warming, is "economic growth and continued technological advances."
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Fighting lies with the TRUTH, This "Man made Global Warming" is pseudo Science, and despite the truth being out there, the Climate Fascist, insist that they are correct. They are NOT, be armed with evidence and real science. Yes, something is going on out there, but it has since the beginning of time, and will continue till the end of time. Man is not the cause, and policy based on these assumptions is nothing more than scare tactics and more Draconian laws. It's all about money, always was and always will be.
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