- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; Reprint edition (January 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441119701
- ISBN-13: 978-1441119704
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The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the obsession with 'climate change' turning out to be the most costly scientific blunder in history? Paperback – January 20, 2011
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Booker, a weekly columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, expands on a global warming chapter from his previous book, Scared to Death, co-written with Richard North, to argue that the earth is not warming. According to him, efforts to mitigate what he claims to be an imaginary problem will devastate the global economy and shift the balance of power to favor Asia to the detriment of the European Union and the U.S. Much of the book will be familiar to readers of climate-change-hoax literature: climate change research relies on flawed computer models; the hockey stick graph of temperature rise, made famous by Al Gore, is based on inaccuracies; the costs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be huge, the political difficulties of realizing them untenable, and the results inadequate. Booker's stated purpose is to put all the complex arguments on both sides of the debate into chronological context, but his treatment is anything but balanced, and his credibility may be undermined by previous controversial claims, such as that white asbestos is identical to talc and secondhand smoke does not cause cancer. (Jan.)
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Meticulously researched, provocative and challenging... Buy this book and read it carefully. It needs your attention. Read it, because it will make you stop and think and wonder and question where our politicians are leading us. (The Irish Times)
Author mention in Spectator article, February 2010
Christopher Booker is a columnist in the UK Telegraph and with an irresistible combination of wit, clarity and a razor-sharp intellect, invariably talks nothing but absolute common sense. (Australian Climate Madness website)
Meticulously researched, provocative and challenging… Buy this book and read it carefully. It needs your attention. Read it, because it will make you stop and think and wonder and question where our politicians are leading us. (Sanford Lakoff)
Christopher Booker is a columnist in the UK Telegraph and with an irresistible combination of wit, clarity and a razor-sharp intellect, invariably talks nothing but absolute common sense. (Sanford Lakoff)
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The scientific consensus, as summarized by the work of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is that human activity is the leading cause of climate change. Booker does not accept this view. He concludes that man-made CO2 is not destroying the world. He also believes it's all a massive conspiracy and scientists are falsifying temperature data to conjure global warming and frighten the public.
"The Real Global Warming Disaster" has been described by The Guardian newspaper in London as being "the definitive climate sceptics' manual." Booker claims that the Arctic ice is not vanishing and that sea levels are not rising. Booker interviews a few renegade scientists who don't believe that mankind is making the world warmer. He claims that the IPCC is run by a small group of global warming zealots, who have repeatedly rigged evidence to support their theory. He suggests that the politicians, pushed by the media, have fallen for this propaganda.
The main problem with the book is that the scientific establishment has reached a consensus on climate change. NASA claims that 97% of climate scientists believe that global warming is man-made. Booker asks you to accept that the world's scientists, for reasons unspecified, have decided to create a myth about human-induced global warming without the rest of the scientific community noticing. Also that most of the world's climate scientists are incompetent and have misinterpreted their data and models. However, their conclusions all point in the same direction that the earth is getting warmer. The Guardian reviewer of this book, a scientist with a PhD, found that much of the book, "including the central claim, is bunk."
Booker tries to show that the scientists are wrong about the science. Booker is an engaging writer and the book is persuasive up to a point. However, Booker is not a scientist, he has a degree in history. He also has a track record in disagreeing with the scientific community on a range of topics. He has argued that asbestos, passive smoking and BSE are not dangerous. Booker has claimed that white asbestos is "chemically identical to talcum powder." This seems to be a minority view. George Monbiot in the Guardian, has stated that "much of [Booker's] journalism consists of the reckless endangerment of the public."
Many who believe in climate change claim that over the years the fossil fuel industry has poured millions of dollars into PR campaigns which have tried to confuse and dupe the public. They have also given cash to American politicians who have opposed action on climate change. They believe the level of agreement within the scientific community has not been accurately communicated to the public. There appears to be a communications battle between the scientists and denialists like Booker.
A must-read for all serious defenders of the thruth and sanity.
Yet the book has its flaws too. It has a key misprint: a 7.7 degrees C temperature drop, for 0.7 degrees C. Don't publishers employ proof-readers any more? Carelessly, Booker writes that 1934 was the world's warmest year, when the research he cites clearly referred to the USA's warmest year.
The recent warming is not unprecedented. The Holocene Maximum of 7000-3000 BC, the Roman Warming of 200BC-540AD, the Medieval Warming of 900-1300 were all warmer than now, yet the planet survived.
The Met Office's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research rejected Freedom of Information requests for data on the weather stations it used. Professor Phil Jones (now head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia) wrote in 1990 that its stations had 'few, if any changes in instrumentation, location or observation times'. He based this statement on a US Department of Energy report on just 35 of the 84 stations, which had found that fully half of the 35 had been moved!
The Met Office consistently predicts more warming than actually happens. For example, using the same computer model that gave the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change its forecasts for 2100, the Met Office forecast that 2007 would be the world's 'warmest year on record', with Britain 'set to enjoy another sizzling summer', that 2008 would be one of the 'top ten warmest years' ever, that 2009 would be one of the 'five warmest years on record', with a 'barbecue summer' in Britain, and that our winter would be 'milder than average'. All wrong: in February it admitted that 2008-9 was 'the coldest winter for 13 years'.
We are told that global warming causes an ever-growing number of extreme weather events. Yet hurricane activity was lower in the 2000s than in the 1930s, 1940s or 1950s. The IPCC's 2007 report confirmed, "there is no clear trend in the annual numbers of tropical cyclones." There were seven major droughts between 1900 and 1920, seven between 1921 and 1940, eight between 1941 and 1960, five between 1961 and 1980, but only three between 1981 and 2000.
The same IPCC report said, "Antarctic sea ice extent continues to show inter-annual variability and localised changes but no statistically significant average trends, consistent with the lack of warming reflected in atmospheric temperatures averaged across the region. ... Current global model studies project that the Antarctic Ice Sheet will remain too cold for widespread surface melting and is expected to gain in mass due to increased snowfall."
Coal and nuclear power stations produce 55 per cent of our electricity, wind turbines just 0.5 per cent. Many of these power stations are to be closed down under EU orders, causing a 40 per cent energy shortfall. EU rules allow subsidies for wind farms, but not for nuclear power stations. The government's 2003 White Paper said, "We do not propose new nuclear build."
The Climate Change Act of 2008 committed the state 'to ensure that the net UK carbon account for 2050 is at least 80 per cent lower than the 1990 baseline.' This could only be achieved by closing down the rest of our industry. As Energy Minister John Hutton said in September 2008, "no coal and no nuclear means no power, no future." Brown sacked him two weeks later.
This April, the government said no new coal-fired power stations would be allowed unless they used carbon capture - a technology which has not yet been developed. The government also said it would build 10,000 wind turbines, at a cost of £100 billion. The USA's 10,000 wind turbines produce just 3.9 Gigawatts, the same as one coal-fired power station.
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