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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science made intelliglble, January 5, 2005
This review is from: Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (Paperback)
I am not a climatologist - I studied physics and math - but it is clear that this man is an expert in his field. The book was very favorably reviewed by other climatologists and is convincing if you have the patience to follow the science. it is not "for Dummies" but looks very solid. Highly recommended if you don't mind charts and scientific explanations. If you can read Scientific Amercian you will find this an easy read.

The conclusions are very objectively understated which only makes them more scary:

1 billion people displaced by floods and rising seas from some of earth's most fertile areas; increasingly violent, larger and more frequent storms; a new ice age for northern Europe; the American midwest and California's Central Valley becoming desert; major edible fish supplies running out; massive flooding of areas that have never been flooded before; major river arteries like the Mississippi and Missouri no longer being navigable.

For an example of what man can do to affect climate, take a look at Tuscon, AZ. Before whites started intensive grazing after 1860 it was grassy, with humid Summers and temperatures in the 80s. After grazing denuded the grass, it became the desert it is now with Summer temperatures over 100 by morning and periodic flash flooding. Nothing grows there now except cactus.

The species that humans are currently endangering with their "head in the sand" approach is [...] sapiens, but after that species is gone things will return to normal. Stupidity is not a survival trait.
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Initial post: Dec 19, 2007 12:37:48 AM PST
hoopsnow says:
Self-proclaimed global warming prophet and Renaissance man,
Gore is a legend in his own mind. Inventor of the
internet (CNN's Late Edition:"I took the initiative in
creating the Internet"), movie producer & global
climatologist (received secular progressive Europe's tree
huggers' political award: Nobel prize), and now, as an
"expert" on the psychology of torture, Gore informs the
world that if the U. S. violates the Geneva convention,
then terrorists will torture American prisoners of war.
Of course, the reality is that terrorists actually ignore
the Geneva Convention by torturing and cutting the heads
off of American soldiers around the world
[]. In addition,
terrorists - by definition - also torture, cut heads off
of and blow up helpless civilian men, women, and children
such as approx 200 Russian school children blown to
pieces by Chechen Muslims as they screamed Allah Akbar!
in blood-thirsty glee. Of course Gore - and secular
progressives - live in a theoretical world. Meanwhile
SECULAR PROGRESSIVES are brought to tears by the
suffering inflicted upon Al Qaeda by that vile, horrible,
Al Qaeda hating evil cretin President George Bush. Yet,
liberal progressive's noble fight to slaugter millions of babies
continues []. On the positive side secular
progressives clean up the byproduct of their toxic, sexualized,
culture by aborting babies.

Even though terrorists in reality ignore the Geneva
convention by torturing and slaughtering soldiers and
civilian men, women, and children, Gore - and secular
progressives - will tell you with a great deal of pride
that we must nevertheless take the morale high ground or
the rest of the world (secular progressive Europe,
Russia [led by KGB dictator Putin, has
had 220 reporters and high profile protesters
assassinated since Perestroika], and China [butchers of
Tienamin Square] will not like us. China, which has
avoided the moral high ground liberals endlessly
pontificate about, has buried protesters in prisons for
decades and paid a terrible price for not taking the
liberals' high morale ground and being disliked by the
rest of the world: hundreds of billions of dollars raked
in from countries around the planet! That leaves backward,
envious, impotent third world and Muslim countries who
use the UN as a leverage against the U.S. to achieve
their dictators' goals. Our friends, on the other hand,
are democratic Germany, Japan, France, and India.
France's President - Sarkozy - is pro-Bush
and pro-U.S. Then there's Germany's chancellor
Merkel who is pro-US and pro-Bush. Finally, there's
Japan and India, long stalwart friends of the US and
President Bush. Yet we're forced to endure secular
progressives' perennial "whoa is me" moaning
about how the former-mentioned envious, dysfunctional
countries don't love us. As in real life, the U.S. is much
better off with a few "good" friends rather than the above-
mentioned dysfunctional countries.

So what does it take for a liberal to be awarded the most
prestigious intellectual award on the planet? "In his
sophomore year at Harvard, Gore's grades were lower than
any semester recorded on Bush's transcript from Yale.
That was the year Gore's classmates remember him spending
a notable amount of time in the Dunster House basement
lounge shooting pool, watching television, eating
hamburgers and occasionally smoking marijuana. He
received one D, one C- minus, two C's, two C-pluses and
one B-minus, an effort that placed him in the LOWER fifth
of the class for the second year in a row.

For all of Gore's later fascination with SCIENCE and
technology, he often struggled academically in those
subjects. The political champion of the natural world
received that sophomore D in Natural Sciences 6 (Man's
Place in Nature) and then got a C-plus in Natural
Sciences 118 his senior year. The self-proclaimed
inventor of the Internet avoided ALL courses in
mathematics and logic throughout college

When John C. Davis, a retired teacher and assistant
headmaster at St. Albans, was recently shown his
illustrious former pupil's college board achievement test
scores, he inspected them closely with a magnifier and
shook his head, chuckling quietly at the science results.

"Four eighty-eight! Terrible" Davis declared upon
inspecting the future VICE-PRESIDENT'S 488 score (out of
a possible 800, F minus in science!!!) in physics.
"Hmmmm. Chemistry. Five-nineteen (out of a possible 800,
F in Chemistry). He didn't do too well in chemistry

From ninth grade (called Form III in the Anglophilic St.
Albans culture) to his senior year (Form VI), he earned
an equal number of C's and B's in English, but NOT a single
A. In history during those four years, he also moved BETWEEN
C's and B's. He pulled STEADY C's for all three years
of high school French. The ONLY course in which he
received straight A's was ART, which he took all FOUR
years of high school. And THIS is the intellectual ICONIC genius
who brought us "GLOBAL WARMING" and instead of receiving
the usual C or D grade, this intellectual paragon of
secular progressives was "awarded" the NOBEL PRIZE!!! The
state of U.S. and world politics is sadly illustrated by
how a non-productive political loser with FAILING grades
accumulates obscene wealth and secular progressives
highest "intellectual" award!

Fortunately U.S. voters twice selected as President a man of
real substance rather than weak-minded winner of faux Noble Prizes.
From an unemotional, practical viewpoint, two of El Presidente
Bush's great accomplishments are that he stole the
Presidency twice(count em, 1 and a 2). Second, in his eight
years in office, he placed two highly conservative
Republicans on the Supreme Court. And they will be around
for several decades, God willing. Furthermore, he has
placed over 3,000 federal judges on the bench. GOD BLESS
George Bush and burn down all the bath houses in the
Castro district and all major U.S. cities while you're at it.

Three things I love about Vice- President Cheney is 1)
Liberals' visceral hatred of Ann Coulter is rivaled by
their hatred of Vice- President(what a sw-e-e-e-e-t sound)
Dick Cheney, 2) Cheney skewered John Edwards during the
Presidential debates, 3) Cheney transformed the Vice-
presidency from an impotent institution into an
institution not only co-equal to the Presidency but also
separate and independent of the Executive office as newly
defined by Cheney. If absolute power corrupts absolutely,
Cheney is one depraved e-v-i-l villain - S-w-e-e-e-e-e-e-

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 5:56:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2009 7:19:34 AM PST
E. Keech says:

You said:

"The conclusions are very objectively understated which only makes them more scary:

1 billion people displaced by floods and rising seas from some of earth's most fertile areas; increasingly violent, larger and more frequent storms; a new ice age for northern Europe; the American midwest and California's Central Valley becoming desert; major edible fish supplies running out; massive flooding of areas that have never been flooded before; major river arteries like the Mississippi and Missouri no longer being navigable. "

How come you didn't suspect that this author was pulling the wool over your eyes? Many propagandists try this trick of supplying false information that sounds plausible and scientific. The problem is that it simply isn't true.

The "hockey stick" graph used by Houghton to illustrate centuries of earth's temperature was prepared by a dishonest programmer, long since discredited, who set up a computer program that was fudged to show rapid heating at the end, no matter what data was fed into it. When two auditors came to check him out, he flatly refused to show them his source code, which is unethical, to say the least. When they tested his program with flat data, the end of the graph still rose upward, even though the data did not support that curve. Many passes were checked out with slight varieties in data, and the program persistently produced the "hockey stick" result. Finally, the Hockey stick graph was totally discredited for the dishonesty of its creation.

Among other things, that hockey stick also hid the Medieval Warm Period [circa 1000 AD] when the earth was at least 1 degree warmer than at any time in the 20th or 21st centuries. This makes a mockery of all the modern cries of "global warming is happening!" "It's accelerating!" Baloney, it hasn't even started. The truth is that after the Medieval Warm Period, earth went through an ice age and a bottoming of its temperature. Part of the increase of the 20th century went through the period of just getting back to normal.

For a report that tells the truth about both of these items, above, download this Adobe Reader file:

For the petition project which states the conclusion of thousands of scientists, go to:

Here, you may read the petition itself, which is affirmed by a large consensus of scientists:

"We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December, 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

At this point, STOP, LOOK, THINK! Can you see how totally fictitious Houghton's claims to "neutrality" really are? Just think about the severe discontinuity between his drastic descriptions of future disasters and the plain statement of the real truth by thousands of scientists, above. Something is very wrong, here, isn't it? What's wrong is Houghton's disingenuousness.

These honorable professional experts do not take their status in society lightly, and are dedicated to the truth of everything they put their name on. It is their life work to come up with honest and accurate reports on whatever their scientific skill is able to determine that satisfies the goals of their investigative missions. They are one of the most conscientious groups on earth. They don't lie. That is, any scientist who lies is a renegade and is quickly disowned by the majority of scientists if they find out. That is their code of honor, to always tell the truth. Therefore, their affirmation of that petition tells you that they are honestly convinced of its truth, and thousands of them are qualified for research and many of them have actually done the research to pin down the effects of CO2 on global warming. Therefore, their affirmation of that petition is very significant. Their educational levels are high, too, with many PhD scholars among them.

It should be mentioned here that the whole thesis of CO2 causing "climate change" is the most audacious fraud ever perpetrated on a gullible public. There is no such thing as CO2 causing ANY climate changes other than contributing to warming the earth. THAT'S IT! The only reason all the news media propaganda [and all the mainstream "report" on "climate change" is raw propaganda disguised as news stories] keeps on insisting that we limit CO2 to prevent disastrous climate change is because the earth has been cooling for the last three years! Therefore, they were afraid the public would get wise to them from seeing so many frost records being broken and so many cold storms sweeping different countries while records of CO2 levels kept on increasing.

That combination of a cooling earth and rising levels of atmospheric CO2 puts the final stamp of LIE on the entire global warming fiasco, from the beginning on. So, the news media decided that they could cover up this inconsistency by simply calling the problem "climate change." Then, they could point to weird storms as "AHA! evidence of climate change, so we had better clamp down on CO2 more quickly." The simple fact is that the earth is cooling, and CO2 cannot cause any climate change whatsover except the SOLE effect of contributing to warming. CO2 cannot have any OTHER impact on climate at all.

So, if the earth isn't warming, then we can go on emitting CO2 all we like, as all those thousands of scientists honestly testified. They would have made the same affirmation under oath in a court of law if needed, for they were faithful to their code of ethics. Where does that leave author Houghton now? Where does that leave you?
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