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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
by Michael E. Mann
Edition: Hardcover
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206 of 317 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read -- for the real history of the climate debate and the war by deniers, February 8, 2012
Michael Mann -- a world class scientist and communicator about the seriousness of climate change -- has finally put all of the recent history (sordid, indeed) about climate denial, attacks on climate scientists, and serial and intentional efforts by climate "skeptics" and "deniers" (a word many of them self-apply) into a book. As the title suggests, there IS a war on. That war is not really about the science, as Mann shows, but about efforts to confuse the public and policymakers by pretending the science is wrong (it isn't) and by attacking the scientists who are willing to speak about it publicly. Much of the contents of the book is old news: we know about the efforts to slander/libel the work of Mann, which led to seven public formal independent reviews, each of which confirmed the accuracy of his work (described well in the book); we know about the efforts of serial deniers to confuse policy makers and the public (in fact, take a look at how the trolls are being marshalled to insult and criticize the book here at Amazon!).

If you are up in the air about the science of climate change; if you are interested in the true history of the battles between scientists on one side and often-paid skeptics on the other hand, get this book. Toward the end, Mann talks about the misinterpreted, out-of-context emails stolen from a university in the UK, with the observation and famous quote "If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him." This describes the classic tool of using misleading, cherry-picked piece of information to argue against climate change -- a tool used in bad data analysis, bad policy, and bad science. Mann carefully and clearly describes that episode in a way that -- if you had previously been confused by the rhetoric -- will convince you that the science is stronger than ever.

Check it out.
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The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert
The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert
Price: $7.99

74 of 493 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lies, misrepresentations, and a bible for climate change deniers, October 16, 2011
This book is a stunning compilation of lies, misrepresentations, and falsehoods about the fundamental science of climate change. It compiles the old arguments, long refuted, about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which summarizes the state of science on climate change. The IPCC reports -- the most comprehensive summary of climate science in the world -- are so influential and important, that they must be challenged by climate change deniers, who have no other science to stand on. LaFramboise recycles these critiques in a form bound to find favor with those who hate science, fear science, or are afraid that if climate change is real and caused by humans then governments will have to act (and they hate government).

Are you already convinced that climate change is false? Then you don't need this book, since there is nothing new in it for you.
If you respect science, then you ALSO don't need this book, since there's no science in it, and lots of pseudo-science and misrepresentations of science. See, especially, the section trying to discredit the "hockey stick" -- long a bugaboo of the anti-climate change crowd. Seven independent scientific commissions and studies have separately verified it, but you won't find out about that in this book.

Really: save your money and battery life.
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Why Energy Conservation Fails
Why Energy Conservation Fails
by Herbert Inhaber
Edition: Hardcover
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19 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why faulty thinking fails, June 8, 2001
Herbert Inhaber, long known as an apologist for the nuclear and fossil fuels crowd, has reappeared with this faulty and misleading analysis of energy conservation and efficiency. Inhaber demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of both the science and economics of energy efficiency and conservation, using incomplete, inadequate, and misleading data. He misreads the tremendous progress already made in improving energy efficiency nationwide -- which has led to a complete divergence of economic growth and energy use since the mid-1970s. And he misrepresents the tremendous, cost-effective potential that remains. Indeed, without the recent progress, thousands of more power plants would have been built to meet unnecessary and wasteful demands, with their associated environmental, human, and ecological impacts. Remember when the energy industry projected that we would need 1000 new nuclear plants nationwide by 2000? Well, we didn't because we became smarter, wiser, and more efficient in our energy use. Inhaber doesn't understand this -- living in the 19th century paradigm that states: more energy use must mean more well being -- a paradigm that we now know is false. Buy this book only if you want to add to your collection of books that represent false, misguided, or antiquated ideas. And it is expensive to boot!
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