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Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming Paperback – September 29, 2009
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Canadian environmental activists Hoggan and Littlemore pull no punches in this spirited indictment of global warming deniers. Their well-sourced research spotlights premeditated prevarications about the threat of greenhouse gas emissions by the oil and coal industry, in league with junk scientists, compliant conservative politicians and unsavory public relations practitioners. Persistent obfuscation of science by these anti-environment players is further abetted, say the authors, by a manipulated media that, in a misguided effort toward journalistic balance, pairs scientific certainty about an encroaching climate crisis with quotations from people who make a living denying it. Readers predisposed to believe the worst about the oil, coal and electric industries will find their fears buttressed by the book's detailed overview of an orchestrated climate coverup by Astroturf (fake grassroots) organizations, right-wing think tank echo chambers, the tens of millions of industry dollars poured into primarily Republican campaign coffers and the PR profession's Orwellian use of language. But global warming skeptics might also be swayed by the detailed dissection of an ongoing campaign to convince the public that climate change is still unproven. (Nov.)
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" the most detailed and probing analysis to date of the interrelations between business organizations and conservative think tanks in campaigns to question global warming .The sleuthing is sophisticated and impressive Recommended.”—CHOICE Reviews, ALA
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Yet another review is worthwhile because we need to look at the horrific results of these campaigns of disinformation in making people distrust science in general. The anti-evolution campaign is bad enough; global warming denial is worse; possibly worst of all, since it threatens the lives of millions of children, is the truly insane anti-vaccination (anti-inoculation) campaign. More and more extreme and dangerous anti-science and anti-intellectual campaigns are gaining ground. These campaigns feed back on each other, and often employ the same spin-doctors. Scientists need to get out there and state the truth, clearly, without exaggeration or emotionality but without pulling punches.
The book follows the money trail all the way to the oil and coal financed think tanks and astro-turf groups and pseudo-scientists.
While Rome is burning, we are being purposely mislead about the effects of man made carbon emissions and the dangers they will bring to our generation and those after us.
While the scientific community is in accord on this issue the oil and coal interests try to make it seem otherwise. Meantime dangerous triggering events are starting to occur that will speed up the process of global warming.
Thanks for shining the light on this issue.
If global warming deniers are willing to make that kind of effort for something as insignificant as a book review, imagine what they'll do to when it comes to protecting their own special interests.
As someone who has read Climate Cover-Up from cover-to-cover, I can recommend it without reservation. In fact, I have already bought an extra copy to give away and will likely buy several more.
Because I speak about human-caused global warming, all over the United States, I didn't expect this book teach me a lot that I didn't already know. Boy was I wrong! The best thing about this book is that it gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign to deny global warming through the eyes of a public relations expert. It's kind of like a veteran quarterback telling you what's going on inside the huddle.
Even if you are not passionate about saving our planet, this book is still worth the read for its excellent lesson in public relations. As I read about the brilliant but despicable tactics used by the fossil fuels industry, I couldn't help but be distracted from time to time, wondering, hmmm . . . how could I adapt that particular tactic and use it elsewhere for good?
Author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents