- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Cato Institute; First Paperback Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930865791
- ISBN-13: 978-1930865792
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
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Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media Paperback – September 1, 2005
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This spirited critique challenges the conventional doom saying about global warming. Climatologist Michaels acknowledges that the earth is warming because of anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, but he insists that the warming will probably be modest and that nature and humanity will easily adjust to it. Writing in a lucid, engaging style supported by a mountain of data, he debunks such recent scare stories as melting ice caps and glaciers, intensifying storms and droughts, species die-offs and a Day After Tomorrowstyle ice age. He argues that researchers and reporters mistakenly ascribe normal fluctuations in local weather to global warming and commonly ignore the facts (reports that the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is being submerged by rising sea levels, for example, ignored research demonstrating that sea levels in that region have actually been falling). Michaels, who is a fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, sometimes allows his own agenda to intrude. Advocates of the precautionary principle will note that he fails to demonstrate his claim that "there is no known, feasible policy that can stop or even slow these climate changes." And while he chalks up global warming alarmism to an unholy alliance of climatologists hungry for grants and media sensationalism, his remedy for biased science is not better science but a "wider source of bias" in the form of more funding of climatology by the fossil fuel industry. He also calls for the abolition of academic tenurea crushing blow against an independent professorate that libertarians and their allies in the world of academia view as the intellectual wellspring of the regulatory state. Nonetheless, Michaelss challenge to global warming orthodoxy should invigorate the debate over climate change.
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"This powerful, lucid, fluent book is a triumph of science over superstition. Pat Michaels, a gifted climatologist, tells the straight truth about the hysteria and ignorance surrounding climate change and how the scientific establishment has been led astray."
James K. Glassman, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
"Pat Michaels has written another fascinating and useful book. . . . I urge everyone, regardless of the extent of his science background, to read Meltdown. But be prepared to change your way of thinking. Just let go of your preconceived ideas, strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride!"
George H. Taylor, Past President, American Association of State Climatologists
"Patrick Michaels fully exploits his incomparable wit and credentialed expertise to dismantle the claim that catastrophic climate change is upon us. Using dozens of examples, this working-stiff climatologist exposes the exaggerations and outright falsehoods promoted by a media industry hungry for if it bleeds, it leads stories."
John R. Christy, Director, Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Whether you are a lifetime member of the Sierra Club or a lobbyist for the coal industry, Michaels' cites the same publicly available data used to support the myriad of negative global warming scenarios to dispel many popular beliefs.
Meltdown does not dismiss global warming, although it questions its severity and impact. Meltdown does question whether warming is due primarily to human activity or, more likely, to solar and other large-scale natural cycles that living things have adapted to many times before. The author does not dispute that human beings have influenced the environment, but does not believe we can affect global warming in any meaningful way by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Meltdown's overarching sidebar is about how good people (scientists) go astray when their careers (lives) depend on networks and hierarchies (the paradigmatic status quo) who influence purse strings controlled from places of power (primarily governments) indirectly through political pressure (me and you, the media, and environmentalist groups). The resulting feedback loop leads to prestigious journals awash in bad papers that mysteriously pass peer-review while good, less tabloidesque science is ignored. The resulting avalanche of false claims and hair-raising global warming scenarios strike fear into our hearts so that we donate to environmental groups and write elected representatives pleading for increased funding to study global warming.
Meltdown was published by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank often derided by the left for having been co-founded by Charles Koch, a self-made oilman, and supported by major US corporations (although 70% of their funding is from individuals). The problem with Cato as publisher is no so much the potential for bias (I think the author is very smart and believes what he is saying) but the lost opportunity for a better book. Since Cato is not a publishing company, the manuscript lacks the organization, clarity, and logical progression that a good editor would have brought to the project. For example, the professor often begins to build a thread then disappears forever into an aside (some of which were merciless and unrestrained non-PC lampoons that were, well, funny).
Once of my best advisors always recommended reading the New York Times in the morning and the Wall Street Journal at night. Climate change is too important to ignore either side in the debate.
Yes, NATURAL global warming and NATURAL global cooling has existed throughout the history of the earth. Michaels does an oustanding job of showing long-term data trends (pre-massive industrialization in the post- WOrld War II period, pre-petroleum age, and even from before the industrial revolution in some instances) that indicate climate changes are cyclic, or in some locations, cooling, and in some locations, warming. He analyzes each of the global warming arguments with factual analyses and scientific principles in a sobering manner. His data cast doubts on so-called climate model projections and the so-called overwhelming effect of anthrogenic influences. In short, the sky is NOT falling.
Michaels also is to be commended for showing how flawed governmental policies have driven global warming science, and the associated conflict of interest invoving funding and publication. He exposes serious flaws in the so-called journal peer-review system that are obvious to relevant scientists.
Frankly, his funding sources from ExxonMobil and his "neo-con" leanings have NOTHING to do with the outcomes described in his book. What he does is expose the flawed science in global warming studies using scientific prrinciples that are independent of financial sources for his research and his perceived political leanings.
This is an excellent book with realism that policy makers must be required to read before caving in to the policies and hype of nihilism and defeatism advocated by the global warming crowd.
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