The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science Paperback – March 1, 2010
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- Publisher : Stacey International; 1st edition (March 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 482 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1906768358
- ISBN-13 : 978-1906768355
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.25 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book definitely hammers the living snot out of the "hockey stick illusion." But, unlike many screeds, this book focuses on FACTS. It takes many of the top scientists in the world and asks them for their comments.
The most important thing to understand is that the authors of the articles do NOT deny climate change. In fact, many of them agree that it is happening. Instead, the authors point out the fact (yes FACT) that the 'hockey stick" chart of worldwide temperature was a pure fiction.
For example, they point out that the chart uses different sources at different times. That is, he uses one source for most of the chart, but when those data contradict his thesis, he changes the data source for the last 30 years. Also, something like 400 years of "data" are based on mathematical extrapolations of ONE single tree in North America. Trees a mile apart from each other can show significantly different growth rings for the same time, let alone different continents, but he bases worldwide temperature on this one tree. But he doesn't use the same computations throughout. He also can't explain why his data contradicts the generally accepted "Medieval Warming" in Europe, where descriptions of people at the time talked about things that clearly showed significantly higher-than-normal temperatures for hundreds of years. He also refused to show his data or the mathematical formulas he based his projections on, which is highly unusual in the scientific world because it means you are hiding something.
The list goes on, but you get the idea. The authors clearly point out the facts and realities of the study itself, not the conclusions (although of course, if your procedures are completely flawed, your conclusions must likewise be.)
If you are interested in facts and realities and analyses by incredibly smart and accomplished scientists, then this book is for you. If you just have your own opinions and don't care about facts, then you won't like this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Its a bit like reading Conquest on the Soviet Terror. Its not a refutation of the idea of Communism. But after you get through understanding exactly what went on, and how well meaning liberals denied and concealed it, you will find your faith (if you ever had any) very severely in question.
Well its the same with this. Once the implications of the Hockey Stick case become clear to you, you will start to adopt a much more critical and skeptical approach to other claims made by climate activists. There is rarely, you may feel, only one cockroach, particularly when its as gigantic a specimen as this one.