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The Bad Science and Bad Policy of Obamas Global Warming Agenda (Encounter Broadsides) Paperback – January 26, 2010
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Spencer rightly, in my mind, devotes more time to the policy side of the debate. The "science" portion has already been pretty much completely discredited by the release of the East Anglia CRU emails and code. Nonetheless, Spencer does sift through some of the "conclusions" found in the IPCC reports for lay readers who may still think that these documents actually are mere summaries of the current research. He notes (correctly) that the editors of the IPCC reports are for the most part politicians, bureaucrats and a few activist scientists who tend to "extrapolate well beyond what the science can actually support."(p.19) He also dissects the claim that carbon dioxide is the only "known" source of the recent warming by noting that, for the most part, other solutions to warming and cooling episodes simply have not been studied, most notably cloud cover. In part, this is due to the lack of resources, until recently, to make such a study. The bottom line is that the science is far more equivocable than most politicans imply when they discuss the need to control climate change.Read more ›
He begins this 2010 booklet by saying, "In mid-November 2009, hundreds of e-mails from the U.K.'s Climatic Research Unit ... were made public... The resulting scandal---dubbed 'Climategate' by critics---was a public-relations disaster for the global warming industry. It seriously shook public confidence ... in the scientists involved in the research but also the lobbyists and politicians pushing for radical action to address a problem that might be more manufactured than real. The leaked e-mails revealed disturbing plans to ... manipulate the data to hide an observed decrease in temperature, and discussions of how to block the publications of global warming skeptics." (Pg. 1)
He comments on alternative power sources, "solar and wind are more diffuse and intermittent forms of energy, requiring huge tracts of land to generate the same amount of energy as a single coal-fired or nuclear power plant... Hydroelectric power is attractive, since it has essentially no greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental concerns, though, are not only blocking the construction of new hydroelectric dams; they are leading to the removal of some of the existing ones." (Pg.Read more ›
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It's okay -- and has some good science in it. However, it is not conclusive enough for me to have such a BOLD title!Published 6 months ago by Renee L. Mazurek
This is a short one from Roy Spencer who obviously spends a lot of time, (and withstands a lot of criticism), for speaking the truth in the face of very malicious attacks from the... Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Ron Roberts
Tells it all in the title, but you lilely already knew that standing in the snow didn't you! Two more words required for this rating they say!Published on February 10, 2014 by S. Trant
I am already convinced that Global Warming is a complete hoax designed to raise taxes, period.
I read this book in less than a half hour, perhaps 15 minutes. Read more
Dr. Roy Spencer is the best climate scientist in the world, and a very good writer also. This short book is very much worth its price.Published on January 12, 2012 by Andres Valencia