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The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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First, Spencer makes a powerful case for the heretofore largely understated role of clouds. Second, his presentation of material on the feedbacks was outstanding. I had never seen the distinction between amplification of forcings, and true positive feedbacks (in the run-away sense), made. Thirdly, his notion that choosing the wrong (weaker) forcing element for a given warming can result in a large overestimation of sensitivity is clearly right. Every physicist or engineer KNOWS these things, but we may not THINK about them. Luckily we have Spencer to remind us that we do know them.
As for the PDO as a major driver, the evidence Spencer shows is very interesting and well-presented, and is clearly much much better that a CO2 explanation. (To just say it is a better explanation that CO2 would do it an injustice.) The book makes the point that there are indeed many strong sources of internal variability. The so-called "consensus" in concentrating on a flawed, politically popular view (man-made CO2), is certainly effectively impeding progress toward a more rational understanding of the scientific puzzle.
A second excellent book by Dr. Spencer - for the layman (or scientist!) who still thinks.
This book is important now that Cap and Trade legislation is coming under serious consideration. Proponents of cap and trade tend to assume that the AGW theory is proven beyond any shadow of doubt. Spencer raises more than just doubt over the AGW theory. As Spencer notes, there are larg potential costs associated with cap and trade, and with efforts to restrict the use of fossil fuels in general. We should think very carefully about restructuring tax and regulatory policies according to the unproven AGW theory. Hopefully this book will stimulate thoughtful debate over the causes of climate change. Keep up this excellent work Dr Spencer!
Spencer fully lays out his research and theories in the book. He's clearly a scientist, not a writer; but what he lacks in style, he makes up for in substance. At its core this book asks a question so elegantly simple that it's hard to believe it's never truly been explored before. A question that goes to one of the basic tenets held by most man-made climate change evangelists on the cause and effect nature of temperature change and clouds. How do we know that global warming is causing fewer clouds, rather than fewer clouds causing the global warming?
Think about that for a moment. Spencer postulates that the increase and decrease in cloud cover is not a reaction to the changes in temperature; rather they are contributing factors to the change in the first place. By taking that in to account, his models show that the earth's climate is rather insensitive to man's CO2 emissions. Instead, what he sees is a global climate that is mostly indifferent to man. One that responds more to global variations in cloud cover as driven by things like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), El Nino, and La Nina. As he puts it in the book - Earth's climate "does not particularly care how much we drive SUVs or how much coal we burn for electricity".
Spencer's theory will not be without detractors - and that's okay.Read more ›
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The used book arrived (as promised) in very good condition. I enjoyed reading the book and felt that the author made a good case against anthropogenic global warming.Published 4 days ago by TDF
Individuals, despite having PhDs, cannot represent reality - great food for denial.Published 23 days ago by Patti S
Global climate science is much more complex than the CO2 crowd would have you believe. There are 22 significant variables and CO2 is only one of the 22. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Hirsch
Some good points but I got lost or bored in too many details.Published 3 months ago by Michael Graybeal
A clear presentation of the arguments and problems regarding man-made climate change. It is hard to argue against hysterical claims of impending doom, when your argument is that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. A May
Borrowed from the library - thank God I didn't pay for this drivel. It doesn't matter what anyone thinks. The proof is in the pudding. There is no ice at the North Pole. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pistol O'Cannon
This book answers a lot of questions that I had. My aerospace scientist son recommended the book to me and I recommend it to you.Published 5 months ago by Anna M. Leuenberger