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Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Kindle Edition

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"If you have an interest in global warming, but are intimidated by equations and scientific terminology, this book is for you. The author explores the philosophy of global warming (and cooling), examines the limitations of global numerical models for which all alarmist statements are based, and discusses the economics of alternative actions that might be pursued. This book is an excellent read!" -- Neil L Frank Former Director National Hurricane Center "Climate Confusion is the best book length treatment of global warming science that is available to the literate citizen. The title says it all. Spencer explains the broad agreement over the existence of some climate change and the existence of some human role, but he also explains why these have little to do with the implausible and overheated projections of environmental disaster. The author thus cuts through all the rhetorical brickbats of "denialism" and "salvationism" to allow the citizen to reach rational conclusions. Despite a light touch, Spencer does not pull punches when it comes to unclothing the moral pretenses of many in the environmental movement--pretenses often disguising some truly immoral agendas." &mdas Richard S. Lindzen Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "An outstanding discussion of the many scientific, political and religious problems associated with the acceptance that humans are the primary cause of global warming. A must read for anyone wanting a full and balanced understanding of the global warming debate." &mdas William M. Gray Professor Emeritus, Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University "Roy Spencer's Climate Confusion is needed to put the global warming hysteria in its rightful place. He has done a yeoman's job in making the issue understandable and accessible to the general public without a sacrifice in the rigor of his arguments." &mdas Walter E. Williams John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics George Mason University

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Roy W. Spencer is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was formerly a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA. He is co-developer of the original satellite method for precise monitoring of global temperatures from Earth-orbiting satellites. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming and authored the 2008 New York Times bestseller, Climate Confusion.

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  • Publisher: Encounter Books; Reprint edition (12 Jan. 2010)
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  • Language: English
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Don't be put off by the title, this is an interesting and thought provoking book written by an open, sceptical but trained scientific mind. The author's acceptance of the differences of opinion in the scientific community regarding the degree of human attribution to the perceived threat of global warming/climate change precludes him from giving the reader direct answers to the fundamental questions, but rather he provides them with much of the material to get the answers, or make valued judgements for themselves. This is done with humour and is intellectually insightful, but without presumption of any kind I would say. All in all, a thoroughly good read and one that successfully pricks the bubble of the many preposterous predictions we see promulgated by the media on the subject, but, somewhat worryingly, not challenged by the many informed individuals who know better but prefer to remain silent. Recommended without reservation.
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Spencer is a research meteorologist who has testified before American government committees giving the skeptic's view of global warming. His book approaches the subject in a humorous vein, but his treatment is a highly skilled rapier thrust into the heart of the warmists' flawed arguments. He treats the scientific, economic, political and moral facets of the issue in a rational and reasoned way, and with a writing style that makes the book a joy to read. You'll finish the book being much more worried by the consequences of letting the warmists take control than by the distant possibility that there is any substance to the climate scare stories. Highly recommended for anyone with a desire to see a bit of balance in the climate change arena.
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This book is an excellent review written by a climate scientist on the climate debate, explaining clearly both the scientific and economic issues, carefully avoiding any bias in the stance taken, but clearly taking issue with the position of the more extreme environmentalists, such as Al Gore, who ignore the complexity of weather science in arriving at their viewpoint on climate change. The author is also very scathing at the position of many climate scientists who solicit funding for research on climate change issues and dish up the answers that the agencies funding the studies wish to see. This is a very readable book presenting uncomplicated reasoning of a highly complex subject and leaving the reader to draw his own conclusions.
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Dr Roy Spencer is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama and was formerly a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA.

He says that we should ask - how much of global warming is the result of natural processes? Every scientist-sceptic believes that global warming is a fact, but it is not a fact that is manmade: scientists just do not know how much warming is due to natural climate change.

He explains why global warming is unlikely to be a serious threat. The atmospheric CO2 concentration was 320 parts per million in 1960 and 380 in 2005. The rise was one extra molecule for every 100,000 molecules of air, every five years.

He advises that we should also ask - how much will any `Green' proposal cost? Cutting CO2 would cut the benefits of industry, production, technology and energy use. Isn't Gore just another US billionaire telling the rest of us to stay poor?

The Kyoto Agreement encourages firms to move to developing countries, which have fewer environmental controls, so the firms can pollute more. Kyoto shifts, not cuts, pollution.
Kyoto is also causing the destruction of old-growth forests - which do not soak up carbon - because some third world governments cut them down and replace them with plantations that do soak up carbon. Kyoto has also made countries turn farm land over to growing biofuels like ethanol, which are very water-intensive, taking water from crops and people.
The world has enough coal reserves for 1,000 years or more. We should be building nuclear power stations like France, 75% of whose electricity is nuclear. So we don't need `alternative energy resources' - the hope of some new non-fossil fuel - which anyway is about as likely as some new alternative range of food.
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