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The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, The Cover-up, The Prescription Paperback – September 22, 1998
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Try a little experiment: talk to several people about global warming. Just bring it up in the conversation, and watch their reaction. I did, and I found that most people laughed, or said, "Yeah, but I heard there's no conclusive evidence to support that." This is the direct effect of the fossil fuel industry's PR campaign. Gelbspan describes how they have done this largely through industry-created groups with misleading names (such as the "Information Council on the Environment"), and pseudo-scientists paid by the industry.
Gelbspan explains that the industry's groups and scientists have received a great deal of media coverage because journalists, as part of their duty, are compelled to cover both sides of the story. The problem is that the "other side of the story" in this case is a small group who is paid by the industry. The confusion and lies promoted by the fossil fuel industry has been enough to drown out the 2,500 climate scientists around the world who all agree that global warming is a fact.
"The Heat is On" offers irrefutable facts to debunk the myth that global warming evidence is inconclusive. For example, many people claim that recent extreme colde and winter weather refutes the theory.Read more ›
If you're looking for the nitty-gritty science behind global warming, you will find only a sampling in the appendix. Gelbspan starts with the assumption that the thousands of world class climatologists who make up the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are correct in their consensus that climate change is real and happening now. From that assumption, he unleashes a barrage of disturbing anecdotal evidence describing the many effects of climate change. He also unmasks the efforts of a few scientists backed by the oil industry to sabotage the findings of IPCC. The book presents a thorough and disturbing expose of this effective PR campaign to neutralize the warnings of the scientific community.
This book serves to illustrate what I have experienced in the frustrating attempt to separate politics from science. I purchased "The Heated Debate" after learning from e-mail correspondance with global greenhouse skeptics that their mission is not to establish the scientific truth, but rather to protect vested interests. Needless to say, the words of this book were enlightening, confirming, and had excellent attention to detail that makes this book stand out as a firm summary to the "debate" of anthropogenic (man induced) climate change.
It doesn't take long to learn what this book so amply demostrates; that propagandist statements from global greenhouse skeptics often are a pronosticator of poor science and obvious bias, and the dangers of the politicalization of the search for truth. As this book correctly states , scientific inquiry from industry isn't automatically nullified but it too needs to be peer-reviewed and subjected to the same processes as all other scientific research. This book makes it clear that evidence contrary to the scientific consensus has not met passed this test.Read more ›
That being said, the fact that there are so many 1 star ratings tells me that the PR campaign is in great force. It is absolutely true that people don't want to believe that there is any threat from global warming or pollution, so they are more susceptible to the falsehoods proposed by the oil, coal and gas companies.
You can meet all of his goals as stated, and even be MORE energy conscious, and not have to give up your car, stereo, twinkies, pizza or boat(s). You can be wealthy or poor (as you like). You can consume to your heart's content. All you have to do is DEMAND ENERGY EFFICIENCY. And of course, the Government has to get out of the oil companies back pocket(s) by ridding us of oil subsidies.
Cars can burn alcohol (like brazil does in 40% of its cars) and/or bio-diesel (like Germany and other european countries do in 30%+ of their vehicles) made from veg-oil. We can make limitless supplies of these two fuels.. why the hell do we need crude oil? Well, it's because oil companies want us to drink crude oil because it is cheaper for them to produce than vegetable based fuels. Also because switching to veg based fuels switches the power base.. now any joe can fuel his car with farm alcohol.. eek! Lost Revenue! Why do you think that the 'New Fuel Cell Technology' being developed is going to use compunds which are completely unfeasible for the backyard chemist to produce?
No, the situation is not as it is depictied by our friendly author here.. its worse. Try to make a change for the better. Make the world a better place for all of its children and burn some corn instead of dead dinosaurs.
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Today (in 1996) 25 million environmental refugees roam the globe, more than those pushed out for political, economic, or religious reasons. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by K. davison
My complaint about this book, purchased in August 2012, is that it's so out-of-date. The cover says it is an `updated edition' but that turned out to be circa 1998. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Carol Anita Ryan
This book is well researched by a pulitzer prize winning author of the Boston Globe. It is very true to what I experienced for the eleven years I was at the National Center for... Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by Richard Ordway
By now, there are obviously many books on global warming available, but this is a good book if anyone is interested in the supposed controversy about global warming. Read morePublished on December 29, 2007 by Amazon Customer
A chilling look at the current evidence of widespread climatalogical change and its possible ramifications, this book includes the first thoughtful treatment I encountered of the... Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by Cecil Bothwell
Excellent primer on this unprecedented all-encompassing problem. Although much more updated is "Boiling Point" out in 2004. Read morePublished on July 26, 2006 by K. Burget
The Earth has a climate, and that climate has been warming up since 1850, when the Little Ice Age ended. Read morePublished on September 15, 2004 by Holy Olio
Coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans are dying because of rising water temperatures. Butterflies are migrating northward. Antarctica is melting. Read morePublished on March 20, 2004 by Kerry Walters
If you want to read distorted facts then go ahead and waste your time. Otherwise stay away. Any respected organization will admit that Gelbspan is a joke.Published on February 26, 2002 by Graham Smith