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  • Series: Encounter Broadsides (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594034826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594034824
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roy Spencer is a principal research scientist for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In the past, he served as Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Spencer is the recipient of NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. He is principally known for his satellite-based temperature monitoring work, for which he was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Special Award. He Lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Roy W. Spencer is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was formerly a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA. He is co-developer of the original satellite method for precise monitoring of global temperatures from Earth-orbiting satellites. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming and authored the 2008 New York Times bestseller, Climate Confusion.

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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2010
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In one of the more delightful innovations in book publishing, Encounter books is now presenting a series of "broadsides," pamphlets with the look and feel of 18th century political tracts but addressing modern issues. As someone who spent a considerable portion of his life reading 18th century tracts, I appreciate the effort. Eighteenth century title pages differ from modern ones in that they tend to lay out the contents of the whole book, and this Encounter piece is no different. Prominent research scientist and climate expert Roy Spencer essentially divides this book into two parts; one dealing with the bad policy of climate "science" and the other dealing with the "science" itself.

Spencer rightly, in my mind, devotes more time to the policy side of the debate. The "science" portion has already been pretty much completely discredited by the release of the East Anglia CRU emails and code. Nonetheless, Spencer does sift through some of the "conclusions" found in the IPCC reports for lay readers who may still think that these documents actually are mere summaries of the current research. He notes (correctly) that the editors of the IPCC reports are for the most part politicians, bureaucrats and a few activist scientists who tend to "extrapolate well beyond what the science can actually support."(p.19) He also dissects the claim that carbon dioxide is the only "known" source of the recent warming by noting that, for the most part, other solutions to warming and cooling episodes simply have not been studied, most notably cloud cover. In part, this is due to the lack of resources, until recently, to make such a study. The bottom line is that the science is far more equivocable than most politicans imply when they discuss the need to control climate change.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Greg S Pecaut on January 23, 2011
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The book could have been twice as long and not covered everything. It does show how politics is starting to run science. It will open some peoples eyes to the JUNK science being used to gain support for political involvement in every aspect of your life. It is a short quick read. It's not too expensive. Pass it on to those you know that are buying all this "Man Made Global Warming" junk science. Maybe we can open their eyes before it's too late.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Nelsen on May 15, 2013
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If one has preconceived beliefs this book is either trash or excellent. My bottom line is that it raises excellent questions that must be answered scientifically and not politically. Climate change has become political, that's unfortunate. Controlling Mother Nature is impossible. Demands on society as a result is an evaluation.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on November 17, 2010
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Dr. Roy W. Spencer is one of the most famous questioners of the doom and destruction school of global warming. He is meteorologist who questions the leftist consensus--as opposed to scientific consensus--that man is to blame for global warming. It is important to note that he does not question that some level of warming has occurred but holds that its amount "will be barely measurable in comparison to natural climate variability." The arguments he puts forth in this brief work (38 pages) provide sound instruction. He points out that most forms of energy on earth in one way or another derive from the sun which means that fossil fuels are merely another form of solar energy. Spencer's deconstruction of cap-and-scam schemes was particularly valuable. What's essential, both for our nation and the environment, is that we pursue free market solutions as they are the only ones that have ever been effective. The Bad Science and Bad Policy of Obama's Global Warming is an outstanding and very quick read.
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By Ron Roberts on June 21, 2014
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This is a short one from Roy Spencer who obviously spends a lot of time, (and withstands a lot of criticism), for speaking the truth in the face of very malicious attacks from the left.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 19, 2012
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Roy Spencer directs climate research projects at the University of Alabama, and has also written books such as The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists, Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor, etc.

He begins this 2010 booklet by saying, "In mid-November 2009, hundreds of e-mails from the U.K.'s Climatic Research Unit ... were made public... The resulting scandal---dubbed 'Climategate' by critics---was a public-relations disaster for the global warming industry. It seriously shook public confidence ... in the scientists involved in the research but also the lobbyists and politicians pushing for radical action to address a problem that might be more manufactured than real. The leaked e-mails revealed disturbing plans to ... manipulate the data to hide an observed decrease in temperature, and discussions of how to block the publications of global warming skeptics." (Pg. 1)

He comments on alternative power sources, "solar and wind are more diffuse and intermittent forms of energy, requiring huge tracts of land to generate the same amount of energy as a single coal-fired or nuclear power plant... Hydroelectric power is attractive, since it has essentially no greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental concerns, though, are not only blocking the construction of new hydroelectric dams; they are leading to the removal of some of the existing ones." (Pg.
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