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The Bad Science and Bad Policy of Obama’s Global Warming Agenda (Encounter Broadsides) Paperback – January 26, 2010

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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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  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Not one of Roy Spencer's better books. He is a competent, diligent and forthright scientist. Since the 1993 UNFCCC Rio convention the entire field of climate science has developed based on debatable assertions that not science. The need to have a hand vote of consensus should raise warnings to any trained scientist; if global warming "science" was clear there would be no debate at all. It is not clear and the conclusions for policy making are conjectures, hypotheses, unproven. The damage function is entirely based on models projected out 100 years into the future. In fact based on IPCC data using social discount factors for the first ~ 60 - 70 years warming of the atmosphere is net beneficial to earth and mankind. Of course if you put all of your confidence in a Malcolm Gladwell outlier of global disaster occurring you might want to ban all fossil fuels and go back to living in caves with fires to light the room; except fires produce CO2 so you would ban those and chose to live in the dark. What do we know about the science. The current hiatus is discounted by the consensus who say twenty years of hiatus is too short a period with essentially no warming so you have to look at history it back to the 1970s. But in the 20th century we had a period of gradual warming up to the mid 1940s; this was followed by a period of sharp cooling and flat line from the mid 1940s to the mid 1970s; and from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s temperature increased monotonically; since that time there has been statistically speaking essentially no increase in temperature, hence the phrase hiatus. During the entire period just mentioned from the early 1990s to present CO2 was increasing monotonically. The IPCC position is we should look only at the 1970s to late 1990s because it fits the storyline.Read more ›
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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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