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against the tide
, April 16, 2011
This review is from: Climate Coup: Global Warmings Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives (Hardcover)
Much of the content of this book will be familiar to those most likely to read this book. The proposition that peer review is biased and unreliable should come as no surprise. The sections on the widening gap between the predictions of alarmists and statistics on actual climactic conditions are worthwhile, but unsurprising. This book does an excellent job of explaining the facts concerning economic costs of environmentalist regulation. One of the strengths of this book is that it clarifies the pervasive nature of environmentalism. Stricter enforcement of enviro-regulations by the Obama Administration will most certainly limit further progress in living standards in industrialized nations, and lack of global economic progress could have disastrous consequences for relatively poor nations.
The idea that environmentalism fits with the unconstitutional trend of empowering the presidency is correct, but one that has little reach beyond those already critical of anthropogenic global warming movement. The fact of the matter is that committed environmentalists have no respect for the Constitution, and most other people have come to accept unconstitutional governance in America. This is an important problem, but I don't think this book will do much directly to solve it. Attitudes concerning law need to change. The aforementioned sections that debunk alarmism may help take the wind out of the sails of this anti-constitutional environmentalist movement, but I don't expect concern over the constitution itself to mount any time soon.
The last chapter is the most important. K-12 environmental indoctrination is dangerous. I had already gained the impression that children are being taught to believe particular things about warming, rather than to think critically about its causes. While it is true that environmentalism is taking over our government and our lives, this is because environmentalist beliefs are taking over "our minds". The simple solution to this problem is to promote critical thinking and tolerance, but this is easier said than done. My guess is that too few people will read this book (at the margin of beliefs), but the authors of its chapters deserve credit for trying to improve public understanding of these issues.
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