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The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future Hardcover – February 7, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1936488490 ISBN-10: 1936488493 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488490
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

First elected to the Senate in 1994, Senator James Inhofe is one of the leading conservative voices in America and a strong advocate of common sense values. In January 2003, Inhofe became the Chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee where his priorities include strengthening our Nation's infrastructure, continuing strong environmental protections and improving national security.

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I intent to update my review when I have finished the book.
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After reading this book I became very sad because I feel that you'd have to be a little foolish to believe this stuff but I know that some people will.
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Inhofe is not an authority on the climate or science of any kind.
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181 of 256 people found the following review helpful By Dave Smth on December 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book gets off to rather an unfortunate start on the cover with the absurd contention that thousands of scientists working independently over decades, publishing countless papers in peer reviewed journals, have somehow managed to coordinate, or at least are complicit in constructing and perpetuating a "hoax". The enormity of that accusation is staggering in its implications and the lack of understanding of science and the scientific process and more importantly perhaps, the scientific community. However, one can reasonably assume that it is intentional and is basically intended to misinform. mislead, and support a political agenda rather than contribute to the global warming discussion. The problem I see with this type of book--and the potential harm it does--is that many readers don't have the background and/or have not done enough reading to really understand the science being discussed and, therefore, cannot assess its validity. Much of what the author says about climate science is simply incorrect and easily verified as such. Probably the reason that this book has such a pronounced bimodal distribution of reviews (i.e. either 1 star or 5 stars) is that readers are equally divided among those with and without some science education. The author's discussion of regulation and government policy is where his real expertise lies and worthy of reading & considering. That really is a key point about global climate change--what steps should, or should not be taken by governments. Even in this discussion, there are several (better) books available that provide some objective analysis of costs and efficacy of various proposals, rather than political campaigning for a particular agenda.Read more ›
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39 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Roussel on March 29, 2012
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I think there are 3 basic reasons (if true) why one wouldn't fall for the "hoax":
1. High carbon in the atmosphere has no/little impact on the environment.
2. Even if high carbon has an impact, it is mostly naturally occurring, and thus we need to evolve to survive in the changing conditions.
3. Even if high carbon has an impact, and it's mostly man-made, the economic impact would be way to great (and potentially lead to unintended consequences), and thus we need to evolve.
This book kind of skims the surface of some of those points, but doesn't really delve deeply into any of them. Instead focuses more on political rhetoric, such as aligning one side with Olberman, Maddow, or some liberal politician like Al Gore or Barbara Boxer while aligning his side with conservative heroes. He spends quite a bit of time making sure that he is recognized as the one-person truth teller against an incredible wall of religious zealots.
Not a terrible book, but I'd say the most significant part is his focus on "climategate". The rest is pretty high level.
At one point he quotes one of Crichton's novels for several paragraphs, and even includes a chapter in the appendix. I just don't know if quoting a work of fiction as extensively as he has is very compelling. I think his best chapter relates to the significant thinkers and scientist who have backed away from some of the disaster-scenarios envisioned by the IPCC.
I would like for the book to be more straight forward and linear. Give a postion and lay out the evidence for the postion. Going on for half a chapter about his daughter's igloo on Capitol Hill seems unnecessary postioning for example. The book has encouraged me to read more on the subject, but hasn't satisfied my appetite for the subject very much.
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By Rebecca on June 20, 2014
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Cap and trade, more taxes, bigger more controlling government and the un agenda 21 to gain control. Global warming is a ploy!
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182 of 281 people found the following review helpful By Mark Morris on March 22, 2012
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I read the reviews before buying this book and I must admit all those 1 star reviews almost prevented me from reading it. What a mistake that would have been. This is an excellent, well researched book. If you want a great introduction to the book before you buy it google Senator Inhofe's July 28th 2003 speech in the Senate. As for the reviews.....I recommend only paying attention to the one's whose authors actually bought the book. Probably a good idea for all books.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brian H. Fiedler on October 19, 2012
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A Professor of Meteorology in the great state of Oklahoma will hereby go on record with a review of Senator Inhofe's book. This book could have been been titled: "How a prognosis of catastrophic global warming plays out in Congress". That is what the bulk of the book is about. The "hoax" refers to the claims of "catastrophic" and the proposed mitigation strategies, not "global warming".

There is very little criticism in the book about the mainstream of global warming science: a doubling of carbon dioxide produces at most 4 watts per square meter of radiative forcing, which is relieved by about a one degree Celsius rise in surface air temperature. Positive feedbacks could produce a larger increase, and so on. The "conspiracy" here is simply refers to a consortium of groups advocating the threat of "catastrophic global warming" in alliance with a renewable energy lobby.

With a widely held perception that the alliance is engaged in altruistic activity, many would object to the word "conspiracy" but might concede a pejorative no worse than "occasionally misguided". Case in point: on page 80 of Al Gore's book "Our Choice" there is a pie chart with a big title on the top "Global Wind Energy Production" and a smaller, accurate title on the bottom "Total installed wind-power capacity". Does the IPCC care to distance itself from its co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for this factor of four deception? (Blunder? Are you going to tell me the proof-readers didn't catch it? ) Is it okay to publish contradictions to basic principles of settled science and engineering, if the intent is to move the debate in a virtuous direction? Does it matter that the American people would only get ¼ of the power they thought they paid for with their wind energy subsidies?
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