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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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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.

And it is the solutions these politicians support that truly merits critical attention. Spencer examines both the cap and trade proposals and the carbon tax proposal and finds each wanting, though he correctly notes that the former is far more destructive to the economy than the latter. He brings up a point seldom recognized by those who pretend we can legislate technological advances into existance. One of the first things that companies cut when they face difficult economic times is research and development. So carbon caps, far from promoting technological change, will likely hinder it. And of course in some areas, significant change is unlikely in any event. Solar power tries to capture the diffuse energy from the sun, as opposed to using the concentrated solar energy found in fossil fuels. But solar energy as such simply cannot provide the power we need. Nuclear power can, but here the problem is government regulations, not free markets, that are hindering the development of a relatively carbon free power source. The Obama administration is doing little to change this situation.

In the final analysis, this little book does what any broadside should do. It summarizes the issues quickly and accurately for a lay audience. Those who want to learn more about the subject should look to Spencer's more detailed book, Climate Confusion but in this pamphlet you will find far more useful information than you are likely to get in a year's worth of articles in the NY or LA Times. A very worthwhile read.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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
on May 16, 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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 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. 7-8)

He asserts, "Cap-and-trade will encourage all kinds of dubious financial transactions. It will be Enron on steroids. Cap-and-trade would set up a large bureaucracy with various carbon-trading and accounting mechanisms. The opportunity for cheating, favoritism and playing the system under cap-and-trade have many corporate interests, including Wall Street, drooling with anticipation." (Pg. 14) He adds, "Cap-and-trade is simply a more inefficient and obscure way to accomplish the same end as a carbon tax: making fossil fuels more expensive ...Increased costs ... will simply be passed on to the consumer." (Pg. 14-15)

He admits, however, that "there is much more convincing evidence that the global average temperature is warmer now than it was 30 or 50 years ago... But how good is the scientific evidence that this warming was caused by human activity?" (Pg. 23-25) Later, he adds, "there is not such thing as a 'global warming denier.' I do not know of any global warming skeptic who denies that warming has occurred in recent decades." (Pg. 29)

He says that although the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "has ruled out the most obvious external influences on the climate system... it has essentially ignored natural sources of climate change generated by the climate system itself... the most commonly held public belief about global warming---that it is just part of a natural cycle in the climate system---has seen virtually no scientific research. And it is this explanation that I believe will eventually be proved correct." (Pg. 32-33)

This thoughtful and provocative short book is a good summation of many of the current issues.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 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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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
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Tells it all in the title, but you lilely already knew that standing in the snow didn't you! Two more words required for this rating they say!
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on December 23, 2014
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Should be read by everyone
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on December 16, 2014
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Fairly good.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2010
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This was an interesting, and easy to read small book that highlights some of the issues surrounding Gullible Warming and why there is no problem.
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