I know that Larry Bell has been demonised by some, and even accused of being paid by the oil and gas industries for publishing certain facts (where is the proof of this money?). This book is written in a way that is possibly of more interest to a US citizen, but it also does show examples of worldwide problems. Sometimes he does seem to rant a bit also, but considering that things he complains about are relevant to us all, whatever side of the global warming debate you stand on, you can quite see why, and how angry he gets, along with millions of other people.
Like Larry I am no expert on the whole issue, but like him and others I can also see how we are all being hoodwinked and how others are making masses of money out of it. Unfortunately the people who should be reading this probably won't, but there is a sound reason why you should. Firstly forget about the fact that there is no conclusive evidence that man made global warming even exists (for every research paper that says it does or doesn't there are others that say the complete opposite). What Mr Bell shows here is some of the things that do not make any sense. With carbon off-setting where a company really pays someone else to take some of their CO2 emissions you can see that carbon emissions can remain the same and a company can quite legitimately record a decrease in their emissions. Most people still don't understand how it works, you can quite honestly believe that you were paying for trees to be grown or some other such scheme. If one company offsets its emissions against another company that isn't a heavy user no reduction in real emissions occurs, but according to people like Al Gore and others (who are raking in the money) this is making a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
More people know about Ethanol and other such ideas, where there are no benefits, because you have to create more emissions to make a product than it is worth. Some things like our energy saving light bulbs which although are saving us money on our fuel bills are not exactly green to the enviroment. These and other things Larry writes about here. There are other things that I would have liked him to also have included, but perhaps he isn't aware of them, or didn't have enough space.
My biggest problem with this book though is that in places it may not be that easy for a lot of people to understand, unless you already know something about the subjects mentioned. There are things also that are only lightly touched upon which should have been given more space. If you are interested in the whole debate then get this, but if you are someone who doesn't have that much knowledge you may find it a bit heavy going. Whilst it is on promo though at the moment perhaps people who couldn't normally afford it will find themselves with a bargain, and also after reading this will find exactly how much spin has been put onto certain things, trusting in the public's ignorance to go unnoticed.